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Tony Ortega papers, 1984-2010

Biographical Note

Tony Ortega (1958- ) is a muralist, illustrator, and Chicano activist in Denver, Colorado.
Ortega received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder where he also received a master's in fine arts. Ortega has been a professor in the fine and performing arts department at Regis University in Denver since 2004.
Community activism has been an ongoing theme in Ortega's career. He is a member of Artnauts, an artist collective founded by George Rivera that connects artists globally. He also uses art as a way to connect communities through numerous commissions and volunteer projects that engage children and adults in the creation of public artworks and murals.
Ortega is also the illustrator of Day of the Dead: Aztec Adventure of Cholo, Vato and Pano and Who am I? Family Adventures of Cholo, Vato, and Pano, children's books written by George Rivera about Mexican and Chicano cultures.