Balancing out an art practice rooted in Southern California as a native,  yet constantly in search of the next chance to explore a place with a sort of call back to the nomadic stylings of outsider artists and fringe adventurers of the past.  Cortes’ practice has grown from a background in painting where patterning and systemic approaches to picture making influenced early on from his years living in New York City, have evolved into a comfortably self-aware exploration process.  The natural world especially that which exists without much influence from the hands of humans has continued to drive much of the artists work. Now venturing into sculptural works utilizing recycled materials, architectural concepts, while still bridging a lineage of work, he is now focused on creating spiritual or meditative installations for all people that highlight the environments they live in while bringing back fragments of inspired artifacts from his travels.

Andrew lives and works, currently based out of Los Angeles, California.

He co-runs ARVIA, an alternative residency and project space dedicated to artists and the community in which it exists.


Co’Founder of ARVIA 2016´- present

Odd Ark: November 2019 // TBA Group Show // Los Ángeles , CA

Werkartz: October 2019 // Labyrinth of Language // Los Ángeles , CA  

Sou'Wester: August 2019 // We´ve Never Met Before Today // Seaview, WA // Collaboration with Becca van K

Art Sea: May 2019 // NSE&W // Marina del Rey, CA // Site specific installation

Bombay Beach Biennale: March 2019 // Boogy Woogy // Bombay Beach, CA // Collaboration with Daniel Paul Schubert

Other Places Art Fair: March 2019 // Barkers Hangar // San Pedro, CA 

Spring Break Art Show LA: February 2019 // Pass the Stick // Los Angeles, CA // Installation design & Curating

Also Gallery LA: January 2019 // Like a Wet Braid // Los Angeles, CA // Group Show

XIXstudios with ARVIA: December 2018 // Magick is Afoot // Los Angeles, CA // Group Show

1700 Naud with Monster Children: October 2018 // No Se // Los Angeles, CA. // Solo Show

Also Gallery LA: December 2017 // Nature v Nurture // Los Angeles, CA. // Group Show 

Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA: December 2017 // Los Angeles, CA. // Group Show and Fundraiser 

Global Giving: October 2017 // Painting Proceeds donated to Mexico Earthquake Relief 

Global Giving: June 2017// Painting Proceeds donated to Puerto Rico Relief Fund

Arvia Project: 2016-present // Los Angeles, CA. // Co-Founder, curatorial project 

Add A+A to XIX, XIX Studios: July 2016 // Los Angeles, CA. // Studio Assistant: Andreas Dobler & Anna Kanai 

neither here nor there, The Dojo: May 2016 // Culver City, LA // group show

Trinas' Palace: April 2016 // Boyle Heights, LA // group show 

Ends Meet: Braj Gallery, June 2015 // Los Angeles // group show

De Novo: November 2014 // The Brewery Artists Lofts Los Angeles // solo show

Contemporary Drawing & Painting: Huntington Library, San Marino, CA // October 2012 // seminar 

Atmospherics: Video and Sound Installation Project, New York City, January 2012 - 2014 // multiple group shows 

Gowanus Studio Projects: October 2011 - January 2013 // Drawing/Painting/Carpentry Projects Collective and Creative Space, Brooklyn, NY 

133: Echo Park Independent Co-Op, June 2011 // Los Angeles // group show

Long Beach Artist Guild, Mixed Media Survey Show, August 2010 // Long Beach, CA. // group show 



Monster Children: Some Sort of Sick Euphoria

Two Coats of Paint: Summer 2016  

Maake Magazine: Summer 2015 Issue#1


BFA Drawing and Painting, California State University of Long Beach || Minor Comparative World Literature. 2010


The Coastal Post: West Coast Contributor: Los Angeles // 2019 

1st Assistant Tradesman: Wood Working and Wood Building, Corbet Woodwork ||| Brooklyn, NY. 2012

Creative Development, XIXStudios: Installation||site-specific, photo, and music space, Los Angeles, CA. 2015-present

Guest Teacher Summer Arts Program: Barnhart School // Mixed Media, Mural Design and Practice. Arcadia, CA. 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Art Teacher: LAEF // Drawing and Painting, Los Alamitos CA. 2016

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