Manuel Ortega
Etching class chair

Santiago de Veraguas (Panama), 1956,

School Panama Escuela de Bellas Artes in 1981
Specialization A scholarship from the Government of Panama enabled him to continue his fine-art studies in Europe:
Diploma in painting at the Istituto Statale d’Arte (State Fine Art Institute).
With a scholarship from the Rome branch of the I.I.L.A. (Italian-Latin American Institute), he attended the Specialisation Course in black and white Etching at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica d’Arte Il Bisonte (International School of Graphic Art ‘Il Bisonte’) in Florence, where he also specialised in Colour Etching between 1985 and 1986.
Lenguage Spanish written and spoken, Italian written and spoken

1986 he started working at Il Bisonte, first as a course assistant and then,
1991, as a teacher in Etching Techniques.
1989 he opened the art atelier ‘Urraca’, where he still tutors small groups of etching artists.

Besides a considerable number of personal shows (Bressanone, 1986; Florence, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996; Panama City, 1998),
Ortega has taken part in a number of important international exhibitions. In 1990, 1998 and 1999 he participated as special guest in the ‘Bienal de Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe’ in San Juan de Puerto Rico.
Always interested in the transmission of Latin American artistic culture to Italy and Europe, Ortega was curator of the painting section at the first ‘Latin-American and Caribbean Festival’ in Florence.
Since 1992 he has organised and been curator of a yearly printmaking exhibition for the Ricomani City Council (Siena).
1996 he took part in the first ‘Latin American and Caribbean exhibition’ in Munich.
1997 he was invited by the Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to represent his country at the ‘XX Biennale di Venezia’ and at the ‘International Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes Petit Formats’ in Chamalièrs, France.
1998 he took part in the  ‘Mostra di pittori panamensi in Europa’ at the Italian-Latin American Institute in Rome.
He has also had a one-man’s show at the Balboa Gallery in Panama City.
1999 he participated in the ‘Premio Internazionale di Incisione’ in Biella and in an exhibition of the artists linked with Il Bisonte in Tokyo, at the Edogawa-ku Center and Yamagata Cultural Center.
2000 he partecipated to the exposition “Attualità della Tradizione. Incisori per Il Bisonte” organised by the Florence City Hall at the Marino Marini Museum in the same year he was lecturer for the ‘Master in Lithography and Art Print’ organised by F.Or.eL Syndicate in association with the Region of Tuscany.

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