Raul Ortega Ayala

Raul Ortega Ayala

Senior Lecturer / Associate Head of School (from January 2018)

Raul Ortega Ayala is a Mexican born artist whose practice often relates to Anthropology. His work stems from extensive research into specific topics for long periods of time and often uses different anthropological methods (like that of participant observation or the embodiment of knowledge) to actively immerse himself into his selected topic. His research has encompassed a variety of issues that go from our contemporary relationship with work, the world of plants, natural cycles and sustainability and an exploration of food beyond its primarily bodily sustenance; He has worked in a variety of mediums like film, painting, photography, grafting, botanical illustration, fragrance construction, sonograms, sculpture and happenings to name a few. He is currently working on a large project that explores Social Amnesia and the detritus of History.  

He teaches in the fine art undergrad and postgraduate programmes and as an artist exhibits internationally on a regular basis and his work is represented by Durst Britt and Mayhew gallery in The Netherlands and by Proyectos Monclova in Mexico.

  • Expertise

    Painting; Sculpture; Film and video art; photography; happening; anthropology; Mexican and Latin-American contemporary art. And has interests in the fields of food, horticulture, labour, philosophy and history.

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Art (Honours) (ENPEG La Esmeralda, Mexico City)
    • Master in Fine Arts (Glasgow School of Art in combination with Hunter College in New York).
  • Professional affiliations

    Permanent Council Member of SOMA