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Artist Spotlight with Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz – Creativity & Sustainability at Play

Roxanne and Matthew will showcase their creative process by discussing the motivation behind their work by showing slides from their sketch books, and giving an insider’s look at finished pieces.

They frequently use treehouses as their subject matter and modify them to include features such as solar panels, water catchment, aquaponics, rooftop gardens, halfpipe skate ramps, slides and tire swings. In this way they strive to create work that exists at the intersection of purpose and play. The treehouse, as a symbol, exudes a nostalgic sense of possibility and represents the ultimate icon for adventure. Their detailed paintings invite viewers to imagine a narrative to go with each composition. They hope to use the medium of illustration to highlight some mālama ʻāina concepts and normalize ideas of sustainability for the next generation of innovators.
Artist Info:

Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, Matthew and Roxanne Ortiz are a husband and wife art duo who collaborate under the name Wooden Wave. Their work has a hand-drawn aesthetic that reflects a playful sensibility and appreciation for draftsmanship. Frequently using treehouses as their subject matter, the art of Wooden Wave presents a whimsical take on the notion of the sustainably integrated community.

In addition to Hawaii, they have painted murals in California, Nevada, and Washington, DC. Wooden Wave also specializes in illustration and design, having done logos and apparel images for a variety of clients including comedian George Lopez and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

In the spring of 2016 they released a capsule collection of shoe designs for the footwear company Olukai. Together they have exhibited their fine art paintings in Hawai’i and abroad, with their most recent exhibitions being curated by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.