Patricia Ortiz


About the artist:


In 2013, Patricia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy at Emmanuel College, Boston. Her liberal arts studies prepared her in clinical psychology and studio art techniques, majoring in Art Therapy. In 2018, she read a Masters in Art Therapy, in Barcelona, attending mental conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, psychosis, affective, personality and eating disorders. During her masters, she underwent an exchange program in London at the International Center for Arts Psychotherapies Training (ICAPT) in Mental Health, within the National Health Service (NHS). Her career as an Art Therapist proved to her that by engaging in the expressive arts she can safely explore memories, alleviate distress and be mindful.   

While living in Europe, technically, she was inspired by the drapery of the Renaissance paintings and the dramatic chiaroscuro of the Baroque, especially by old masters Titian and Peter Paul Rubens. She admires the works of Max Ernst, and contemporary artists Odd Nerdrum, Aleksandar Mijajlovic and Markus Akesson. Contextually she has been influenced by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and Dr. Gabor Mate’s texts on trauma and the body. 

Patricia has participated in multiple collective exhibits in México, Barcelona and USA. Her artwork has been purchased by collectors in Mexico, Guatemala, USA, Spain and Saudi Arabia.


Patricia’s knowledge and experience on art psychotherapy practice in mental health has been the preliminary process leading to the creation of her work. The foundation of her oil painting aesthetic consists of grisaille and colour glazing in a contemporary realism context. Ortiz uses chiaroscuro and a strong chromatic contrast to evoke an emotional experience in the beholder.

She portrays traumas and fears as ghost-like entities that reside in our unconscious mind. Her collection presents a series of these forms as veiled, faceless figures embodying mental states of existential awe, revealing those moments of intimacy and authenticity within our mental lives. Each painting is a transformative act of recreating an experience from the past, constructing new meanings, and integrating them with her conscious self so the entity can no longer haunt and damage the present. In this evolutive self-analysis, Patricia reflects upon how we tend to know only the appearances of persons and not their inner truth. Questioning contemporary ideals of mental health and asking, who are you, when you are alone?