Who is Gabrielle Ortega?
A world traveled artist. She was born and raised in Cuba, spent her teen years in South Africa and completed tertiary education in Vancouver, Canada after graduating from the Vancouver Film School. She currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her girlfriend and daughter. She (Gabrielle) is a proud transgender woman and often enjoys depicting her struggles and triumphs in her work.
Who is Jugganaut (Jugg)?
A complex concept; It was born as an internet nickname adopted by Gabrielle that soon took a life of its own. It is the driving force that allows Gabrielle to carry out her life and transition, it is also her deep depression that brings darkness to her world on gloomy days. Both a blessing and a curse Jugganaut lives inside Gabrielle and is there to stay whether she likes it or not. “Jugg” is also representative of Gabrielle’s art and is often the signature that she uses when finishing off a piece.
DO YOU TAKE COMMISSIONS?
I do currently take commissions; I don’t really have any limits as far as subject matter is concerned and I don’t have any problems with creating R Rated content for clients. My pricing ranges from $25(USD) to $300(USD) depending on the specifics of what is required. 1 Hour Portraits (fully rendered portraits from the chest up) I charge at $25 and anything more complex than that (e.g. full bodied characters interacting with one another) can range from $100 - $300 depending on how many characters are in scene and how complex the image commissioned is. If you’re interested in commissioning a piece you can contact me via eMail at firstname.lastname@example.org - you can give me specifics about what you’re looking for and I will quote you accordingly.
What is SurReal?
A set of alternative online clothing stores born from dreams and nightmares. Non of the SurReal concepts are plotted out or thumbnailed; they are pure subconscious thoughts translated into art. These thoughts can stem from a conversation with a stranger, lyrics from a song, a whispered sentence, a specific emotion felt during a meaningful moment or a combination of all of the above. SurRealStore.Threadless.com is the main store of the brand; stocked up with as much psychedelic impressions as Jimi Hendrix songs and updated with new provocative designs as often as possible.
What is Renz Film Project?
Renz film project started out as a short film production that Gabrielle worked on with a team of artists and writers. A website was created for the project in order to allow followers of the production to keep up with its progress, that website is RenzFilmProject.Com. The production was put on hold when Gabrielle decided to leave to Canada. The project currently remains on hold until she (Gabrielle) can collect the funds necessary to continue it. You can find some of the art done for Renz Film Project HERE. RenzFilmProject.Com is currently the home of all things “Jugg”.
What is Megatheria?
Megatheria is a universe started by Gabrielle during her studies at VFS. It is one that she uses as an exaggerated metaphor (within a fantasy realm) of her own life. Topics and themes that have been a part of Gabrielle’s life experiences; such as physical pain, surgery, love, hate & transgenderism amongst others are all explored within the Megatheria storyline and its characters. Megatheria is also the name of a collective of fictional islands largely inspired by the Caribbean.