Las Peras I

Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz

Bronze, 1998

Ordinary fruits and vegetables are made extraordinary in the hands of Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, two artists for whom perfection of technique results in sculptures that surprise the viewer and command attention.

Anytime that two artists work collaboratively, there is a careful division of labor in achieving the final artistic vision. For Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz, their partnership is at the heart of every step in the process. Both artists create the models, smelt, cast and grind the sculptures, and work with a chemical patina heated to achieve the desired color. Their monumental bronze sculptures dazzle our senses with the rich colors and textural surfaces.

Las Peras I was generously donated to the Weidner Center by Dr. David A. Cofrin.