Larry J Ortega

artist * preparator * activator *connector * relator

The Art of Larry Ortega

“My art explains my life. My life explains my art”. Easy to say, harder to explain. My art is the manifestation of thoughts on spirituality, philosophy, and theology.

Stephen Pressfield sums it up nicely: “The artists real medium is thought. The art is the product of [my] imagination”.

The cycles of nature provide a sense of the sacred. Light exposes that sacred sense. My work captures ambient light and stores it as “forbidden energy” or “excited” light which is produced using rare-earth minerals.

Light is an ever-present reminder of the dark. As a matter of clarification, Light needs Dark. Dark needs Light.

photo of Larry
Me and my studio cat

Light as Medium

Light is my medium —my work emits a bioluminescent type of light and color. Above all, the darker the setting the more prominent the color and light effect from my sculptural pieces. As a result, they illuminate the darkness.

Creating Light Graffitti

A laser pen with white light creates a visible “light wave” on the surface of the sculpture. Pointing the light from the laser pen creates a dramatic effect of “light trails”. The art becomes a surface to draw with light, unlike painted graffiti, the light marks disappear over a short time.

The main body of work has been, first, my sculpture. And second, the photography of my sculpture. Consequently, art and science are used to capture and display the color and light emitted from my work.

Rare earth elements are liberally cast into my work providing a most unique color palette. See my online gallery:

photo of Agave Sculpture
Light Grafitti

Winter 2022-2023 Catalog


The “Illuminate” exhibit showcased some of my latest pieces. The Agave surrounds our property, surviving the appetite of marauding javelinas. The plant protects itself with a needle-like spine. I see the sensuality and the DNA of the desert embedded in this desert being.

Short video featuring work for the “Illuminate” show this past August. Kevin Caron and Ceri Jones were the featured artists. This show was at the West Valley Arts Council

Illuminate AK “Sunrays”

Studio/Home of Larry & Sandra Ortega

Our studio space is evolving into the best place to create, display and sell our work. Additionally, our Soiree events allow us to entertain at our secluded desert location. Now, we are inviting other artists to exhibit their work and participate in an Open Studio Sale, which occurs the day after the Soiree.

We are excited to show you our latest works capturing the “ethos” of the desert. Sandra explores the intersection of movement and light. While Larry captures the mystery of the desert with light and color emanating from his sculpture.

Soiree #6-an art-centric event

Soiree #6 was our first art-centric event for 2022. It was the largest private event we have hosted. Each soiree led to ideas to create events as an art opening, with food-fashion and music. Our private studio is hidden in the hills along a private road ending in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Sunsets and moonrises provide for the start of our events.

We continue to increase our gallery space within our home. The back studio has black velvet walls to photograph my work and display as well. Expanding the wall spaces indoors and outdoors has inspired the installation aspect of an art show.

Over the years, we created gallery openings and other art-centric events through our downtown Phoenix gallery, Obliq Art.

As a result, we saw the opportunity to share the space with two other artists. Joey Melinda Morgan, a digital photographer and sculptor Hector Ortega

The next day, we opened our studio with our guest artists for Art Detour 34. A steady stream of guest took the short hike to get to our event, but they were greeted with a cold beverage of choice, including a lot of wine and beer from the Soiree event. Obliq Art has been an Articipant for over a decade.

Obliq Art-a gallery & more

Obliq Art was our brick-and-mortar gallery space in the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. We opened Gallery LUxx adjacent to Obliq Art to use for One Person Shows, art-centric events like Poetry readings, and experimental theatre.

Obliq Art is our business used to promote our artwork. I am the obliqartist on Twitter and Instagram.

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Continued connections in the making.