Navel Orange by Popliteo


Bronze navel orange by Popliteo. The partnership of Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, which a therapist named Popliteo, explores both the figure and common elements found in nature. Through their sculptural guidance and subtle changes in scale the viewer ponders what makes color and form a visual feast.  Montoya and Ortiz were classically trained and educated in Europe. Their bronze sculptures, rich in the history and tradition of Magical Realism and Spanish still-life paintings, are an elemental part of the artist’s heritage.

Luis Montoya:

School of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain, BFA, MFA
Castellblach Foundation Independent Study in Florence, London, New York
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Post-graduate studies in sculpture

Leslie Ortiz:

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten

Boston University, School for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, BFA Magna Cum Laude in sculpture

Luis Montoya:
1991 33rd Annual Hortt Memorial Competition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1986 28th Annual Hortt Memorial Competition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1976 James J. Akston Foundation Award
1971 Francisco Alcantra Award, Spain

Leslie Ortiz:

The F.C.Uriot Prize, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Holland
Awarded tuition and workshop fellowships, and The Laura Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship,
Boston University
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero beach, FL
National Museum of Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain
Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

Seven Bridges Foundation Inc., Greenwich, CT
2013 Sculpture of Govenor William Dummer for the campus of The Govenor’s Academy, MA
2008 Society of the Four Arts
2006 The Muse Award, Palm Beach County Cultural Council
1999 The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
1994 Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL

Popliteo (Luis Montoya, Spanish 20th century and Leslie Ortiz, American 20th Century)

Dimensions: 24″ ( 61 cm ) W x 22″ ( 56 cm ) H x 12″ ( 31 cm ) D