Sheboygan Visual Artists

Erico Ortiz

I was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico but was raised in Milwaukee.  I earned my undergraduate degree from Marquette University (Spanish Education) and a Masters Degree from UW-Milwaukee (Administrative Leadership). After teaching Spanish for ten years, I became a school administrator, having worked at several Milwaukee Public Schools until 2011. A strong advocate of the arts since childhood, I have worked with several community theatre companies, both on stage and behind the scenes, something I still enjoy today. On Sunday mornings I can be found with my guitar, directing the Spanish choir at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Milwaukee.

In 1998, a study leave immersed me in art education courses at UW-Milwaukee. While this was not the traditional studio coursework that a budding artist would undertake, I learned the value of critical thinking and problem-solving as they relate to educating students in the arts. After years of rather dormant and simple artistic endeavors, my recent retirement from the Milwaukee Public Schools provided the opportunity I needed to explore visual arts as never before. I began to paint! I realized that inspiration was all around me—in people and places, sights and sounds, music and movies.

As part of my creative process, I thoroughly enjoy the challenges presented by mixing and blending colors to achieve a certain effect on a canvas. Sometimes that selection process takes on a life of its own...and I'm forced to abandon my initial intention to give way to a new creative thought. Still honing skills and techniques, I am often thrilled (and sometimes pleasantly surprised!) by the resulting color compositions and the overall product.

As a self-taught painter, I'm learning that what began as a hobby has become a way of viewing the world and expressing my mind’s eye on canvas.

Please view my blog at to see that I am still finding my way.

Erico Ortiz
3450 N. Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI  53212
414 587-3474

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