Paulina Ortiz is an artist and textile designer who has developed her career in Costa Rica, the country in which she grew up. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in textiles from the California College of the Arts, and her licentiate degree from the Universidad National de Costa Rica, where she currently teaches textile art and design. Her professional experience includes textile consulting, art and design for interior designers, architects, and collectors. She has exhibited and given international talks, and her work has been published in more than 65 international books and magazines such as Textile Forum, Fiberarts and Embroidery – this last dedicating its cover to her.
She is the founder and current president of the Ibero-American Textile Network, from where she has advocated for knowledge and development of the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese textile culture through the creation of exchange networks, publication of a bulletin, and organization of educational and guild events. As a textile activist and promoter, she has organized several international exhibitions, of note among these being the World Textile Art Organization’s Fourth International Biennial of Textile Art and Design in 2006 and the First Encounter of the Ibero-American Textile Network in 2010 – both in Costa Rica.
In 2013, Ortiz was appointed by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh to the jury of the 21st triennial Fiberart International 2013.
She was also invited to speak at the 20th anniversary celebration of the European Textile Network, whose convention was held simultaneously with the Kaunas Biennial Textile’11 in Lithuania in 2011. In this same city she also curated and organized an exhibition of Costa Rican textile creators in the M.K. Ciurlionis National Museum.
She has participated as a designer in international fairs such as Sculpture , Objects and Functional Art, SOFA 2006 and 2007 in New York, and in the exhibition and congress of the Second Ibero-American Design Biennial, BID 2010, in Madrid, where one of her designs won an international jury’s award for fomenting development.
At the same time, Paulina Ortiz designs and creates textile works of art, luminaires, and accessories for real estate developments and hotels such as the Four Seasons, the Marriott, the Hilton, El Mangroove, El Silencio, the Flor Blanca, and the residential complex, ANTARA..
She has mounted 15 national and international solo exhibitions since 1983.
- Her most recent was in 2011, “Paulina Ortiz”, presenting a tour of her textile art work since 1983 at the Cartago Municipal Museum.
- 2008: “Weave of Time…, tour of a neo-textile experience ’83-‘08”, Sophia Wanamaker Gallery, Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center
- 2006: Sole invited artist representing Costa Rica at the Memphis in May festival, Memphis Central Library, Tennessee
She has participated in more than 50 national and international collective exhibitions, including most recently the following:
- 2011: Invited artist at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania
- 2011: “Rewind, Play, Forward: Magical Memory of Costa Rica”, National Gallery, Costa Rica Kaunas Biennial, M.K. Ciurlionis National Museum, Lithuania
- 2010: Promoting artist, First Encounter of the Ibero-American Textile Network, Costa Rica
- 2010: Second Ibero-American Biennial of Design, where her design won a top award for promoting development. Central de Matadero, Madrid, Spain
- 2009-2010: “Responsible Design”, invited designer, first carbon neutral exhibition, Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, Costa Rica
- 2009: Invited artist for “Textile Mythologies” in the Borges Cultural Center, an exhibition of invited international artists for the Fifth International Biennial of Textile Art, World Textile Art Organization, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 2009: Invited artist for Morphogenesis 2009, within the framework of the National Design Award organized by the Universidad Veritas, Museum of Art and Contemporary Design (MADC), Costa Rica
- 2006 and 2007: SOFA, Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art. New York, U.S.A.
- Various international competitions, including the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial of International Art in Brazil in 1994 and the Third Havana Biennial at the Wilfredo Lam Center in Cuba in 1989.