Who is Gabrielle Ortega?

Gabrielle is 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 but this is subject to change at any point and time. Gabrielle is a proud transgender woman and often enjoys depicting her struggles and triumphs through her work. 

Who is Jugganaut (Jugg)?

Jugg is 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.

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.