CRUZ ORTIZ, is a contemporary artist and Creative Director of Burnt Nopal Creative Studio. He lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Olivia and their children. Cruz uses painting, print, sculpture, drawing, and public activation to address issues related to his experiences growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas. Thoroughly grounded in the history of art, contemporary art practices, and social-political cultural movements Ortiz’s unique language fuses classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture such as taco trucks and tire shop signage. He has engaged the public with interactive works such as wheat paste murals, communal art events, guerilla AM radio broadcasts, and ephemeral street sculptures. His recent works include field research into the historical frameworks of easel oil painting and its relationship to documenting Texas landscapes while weaving in the regional language juxtapositions of TEX-MEX. Husband and wife team Cruz Ortiz and Olivia Flores Ortiz launched Burnt Nopal Creative Studio in the spring of 2019 in response to companies, nonprofits and activists seeking thoughtful design influenced by contemporary art. Burnt Nopal offers a full range of services around branding, design and experiences, bringing Cruz Ortiz’s distinctive “Nuevo Texas” aesthetic to clients seeking an authentic look and feel to their brand, marketing, fashion, interiors and events.