Virgil Ortiz is a talented artist, of which his work has elegantly transformed and perfect translates into Native-inspired apparel. Ortiz, who works and lives in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, has worked hard and has had a few lucky breaks that have propelled him to a preeminent place among contemporary Native artists.
After a highly successful collaboration with fashion mogul Donna Karan, Ortiz has since launched his own fashion line. His designs are captivating, provocative, and edgy showcasing the richness of indigenous high fashion and compelling storytelling of Pueblo culture and history.
This Made In Native America T-Shirt by Virgil Ortiz is one of his depictions and signifies strength and belief in culture, yet inspiration to grow and achieve dreams.
This Virgil Ortiz Translator design depicts a Translator Triptych story.
"I Am TRANSLATOR." Using his own unique combination of history, sci-fi and fantasy, Virgil Ortiz brings forth, "Translator," Head Commander of the Spirit World Army. Ortiz takes the historic event of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and gives it new relevance by re-telling it in a future setting. This re-telling is realized in a wide range of media including ceramics, photography, video, fashion, body painting and installation. ""Translator,"" the primary character in his Pueblo Revolt 1680/2180 Series, is the connection between past and the future.