West Coast Contributor
A first generation Southern California Native, who in growing up split his time between rural suburbs near cow pastures, rolling hills where his parents settled and the city of Los Angeles, where a majority of his family lived apart from Mexico. Cortes studied art at California State University Long Beach under Linda A. Day, Tom Krumpak, Siobhan McClure, and Marie Thibeault focusing on painting and ideas that would carry him to New York City after he graduated. He lived and worked in Gowanus, Brooklyn for several years expanding his creative vision into woodwork, installation, sound art, and even took part in the underground DIY music scene that Paxico Records and Beat Haus had forged while he lived in New York during this time. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he came full circle settling in the neighborhood of Cypress Park, where his family had immigrated to in the late 60's. His practice was re-imagined in his grandfathers old workshed and does not shy away from a deep often spiritual like connection to the natural world. A marriage of painting, sculpture, mosaic, and textile materials, his reference points for his work grows from ongoing travels through the west coast of America, the deserts, mountains, and forests he explores collecting stones, driftwood, and taking photographs as he travels. To finally make their way back to his studio and abode where their energies find a new home to live. Along with his art practice in 2015 his creative partner Anne Marie Taylor, who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, started ARVIA, an alternative outdoor site specific art project space, residency, and resource. Where artists can create experiential large scale works of art, explore Los Angeles, and have a more grassroots engagement with the local North East LA community.
Andrew lives with his two cats Mosh and Peatree, and teaches a progressive contemporary practice course to children during the summers. He also spends his time surfing and rock climbing when he's not in his studio always adhering to a strict code in pursuit of the fleeting moment.