- Virgil Ortiz, Cochiti, American, 1969-
- Born: Cochiti pueblo
- Work Locations: Cochiti pueblo
- Active Dates: 1975- present
Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti)
Velocity Jar, 2012
Clay, slip, and paint
10 x 18 x 9 in.
Denver Art Museum: Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.116
Photography ©Denver Art Museum
Virgil Ortiz’s material choices and techniques draw from the past, while his imagery is both contemporary and futuristic. In making his figures, Ortiz uses locally sourced clay, wild spinach for paint, a coil construction for the form, and native outdoor firing techniques. The figures here demonstrate Ortiz’s mastery of traditional techniques, while his complex and intricate line work speaks of a style all his own.