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Transcendental Art by Chía Ortégon

A painting with texture and pattern layered over a female figure1 Stillness, acrylic on canvas

Artist Chía Ortégon creates works of transcendental art referencing various new-age doctrines and tenets of spirituality. The artist’s works tend to feature female figures, depicted in a style that suggests mythology though the subjects themselves may be quite modern.


A detail image of a painting of a goddessSun Goddess Creatrix (detail)


I quite enjoy some of Chía’s recent works, such as those in the series Water Sensual Universe. These works are quite abstract at first glance, and it takes the viewer a moment or two to parse the human figure embedded within each whirlwind of color and line. Generally using cool tones of blue, green and purple, Chía paints a female figure in a dynamic pose, then layers streaks and lines of color and pattern overtop. The patterns seem to reflect the shape and movement of the original figure, allowing foreground and background to blend together.


A screen capture of a gallery on Chía Ortégon's websiteWater Sensual Universe on Chía's website

In some of her other figurative works, Chía takes a more straightforward approach to portraiture, but builds up figures as well as their surroundings in a series of curved, contoured lines. These uniquely stylized portraits really exemplify the energies that surround Chía’s paintings.


An artwork of a female figure depicted in colored contour linesPinkDesire

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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