La Guaria Morada, 2019. Installation, dimensions variable. Industrial mist humidifier, dehumidifiers, Big Country Blue paint, national flower of Costa Rica, gallery lights, heating system and staff
Juan Ortiz-Apuy is a Canadian-Costa Rican artist who has been living and working in Montreal since 2003. Ortiz-Apuy has a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009), and an MFA from NSCAD University (2011). His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally in venues such as Les Abattoirs Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (France), IKEA Museum (Sweden), DHC/ART (Montreal), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), MOMENTA Biennale de l’image (Montreal), Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'art 7 (Québec), Truck Contemporary Art (Calgary), Museum London (London), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto), Optica Centre d’art Contemporain (Montreal), and The MacLaren Arts Centre (Barrie). Ortiz-Apuy has completed several artist-in-residence programs, most notably at The Vermont Studio Center (USA), The Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium), IKEA Museum (Sweden), and the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center (Denmark). Upcoming projects include a residency at MASS MOCA (USA), and a solo exhibition at Galerie VOX (Montreal).