Juan Ortiz-Apuy


Costa Rica–born Juan Ortiz-Apuy has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. Working in his favoured techniques of collage and assemblage, he makes art driven by thinking around consumer goods, often employing humour to explore the advertising and media strategies associated with them. His works—which he presents in the form of multimedia installations—draw inspiration from design, art history and pop culture.

His work has been shown in several museums and art centres across Canada as well as abroad, including the Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain (Montreal), Birch Contemporary Gallery (Toronto), OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain (Montréal), ARTSPACE (Peterborough), the Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa), the IKEA Museum (Älmhult, Sweden), as well as at MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image in Montreal and Manif d’art 7 in Quebec City. In 2011 he was the beneficiary of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Purchase Program. Upcoming projects include a solo show at Open Space (Victoria), and residencies at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA, USA) and the Zentrum Für Keramik (Berlin).

Juan Ortiz-Apuy holds a BFA from Concordia University, where he now teaches, along with a postgraduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art and an MFA from NSCAD University.


Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Tropicana, still, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.


Juan Ortiz-Apuy. Tropicana
2021.02.11 - 06.26

VOX’s all-new children’s exhibition invites young visitors to cast a critical eye on our consumer society and its environmental impacts…

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MOMENTA x VOX. The Life of Things
2019.09.05 – 10.13

Curated by María Wills Londoño in collaboration with Audrey Genois and Maude Johnson, MOMENTA 2019 proposes a piercing look at the life of things, bringing into dialogue their consumerist and symbolic dimensions. Presented simultaneously at two locations—VOX and the Galerie de l’UQAM—the thematic exhibition generates a conversation fueled by the works of twenty-two artists and meshes four components…

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Watch the interview with Juan-Ortiz Apuy in conjunction with his exhibition at VOX.

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Family Saturdays at VOX

VOX invites you to share a playful moment with your kids! The youth exhibition Tropicana is accompanied by a “family bubble” visit and a creative workshop… plus it’s free!

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