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Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Assistant Professor, Studio Arts


Juan Ortiz-Apuy
Office: S-VA 220 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4105


2011        MFA, NSCAD University

2009        PG Dip, The Glasgow School of Art

2008        BFA, Concordia University (Major in Sculpture, With Great Distinction)


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).

His work has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and has been reviewed in various publications such as Canadian Art, MOMUS, esse arts opinions, The Gazette (Montreal), Le Devoir (Montreal), and The Telegram [St. John’s].

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).

Research Interests

Materiality, Commodity Fetishism, Object-Oriented Ontology, Design & Advertising, Environmental Exploitation, Postcoloniality

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.
Photo credit: Paul Litherland
The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2019. Video installation, dimensions variable. Found YouTube video clips, bean bag chairs, printed vinyl, Mint Liquor paint, MDF, found objects.
Photo credit: Richard Max-Tremblay
Fountain Mist, 2019. Installation, dimensions variable. Stock photography, found objects and 3D models, IKEA BESTÅ series, spring clamps, Pre-Columbian objects, Bonsai tree, printed vinyl, paint.
Photo credit: Roger Smith
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