Elisa Ortega Montilla
Spain - California

Elisa lives and works in Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2006 from Pablo de Olavide College, Seville, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has a masters in Education and Human Rights from the University of Córdoba, Spain. A social worker with over a decade of experience, she has worked with groups as diverse as drug addicts; victims of domestic violence; the gypsy community in Spain; homeless LGBT youth and adults with intellectual disabilities
in Los Angeles. She has always incorporated art as a tool to empower the communities she works with.
She has studied art in public and private institutions, including at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Complutense University in Madrid. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, HyperallergicKCRW, New Times (San Luis Obispo), VoyageLA Magazine and the University of California's Women's Month. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions 
in Spain, Guatemala, and California, including the Sur Biennial at the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum in Santa Barbara, and Escuelas Pías (UNED), and Eduardo Chillida Cultural Center in Madrid. She has also particiapated in the 2020 International QiPO Art Fair in Mexico City as well as Spring/Break Art Fair in Los Angeles. 

She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was chosen as the university's 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence.