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Orlando Castro Ortiz

He is born on July 26, 1961 in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. He possesses a Master in Fine Arts (Painting) (Academic Excellence Medal ) of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Enclosure of San Germán (2003) and a Baccalaureate in Humanities with concentration in Plastic Arts, (Magna Cum Laude) University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. His speciality is in Painting and Drawing.

Among his individual exhibitions in Puerto Rico are:2006 Of the mythical thing ... and of the arcane thing, Dilan Gallery San Juan, Puerto Rico; 2004 “Amverso y Reverso “Gallery The House of Arts, San Juan; 2003 “...arropas de Cundiamores”" Museum of Art of Caguas, Caguas; 2002 “ ...por un sendero entre mayas arropas de....” Gallery of the Department of Art, Interamerican University, San Germán.

Some collective exhibitions are: 2008 Nude Nite, Orlando, Florida, USA , 2007 10th Latin American Art Exhibition, Broward Community College, Florida, 2006 International Artist in California, Latino Art Museum, Pomona, California USA; 2006 ARWI Art and Wine Fair Puerto Rico Convention Center San Juan Puerto Rico; 2006 Hispanic Heritage in America, Museum of the Americas, Miami Florida USA; 2005 Sixth Collective of Artists of the Valley of the Turabo, Museum of the University of the Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico, International Fair of Gent's Art, Belgium Pavilion of the Art, Frankfurt, Germany, Lounge Vald'Or, Paris, France . Presencia Boricua, Museum of the Americas, Miami, Florida, USA; 2003 There shows Native of Plastic Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002 Plastic Artists of the Valley of the Turabo, a Decade of Creation 1992-2002 University of the Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico; Forceful, Gallery Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Nominated as Best Collective Exhibition of Puerto Rican (AICA) 1991 " Sixth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Of The Beautiful Gallery ", Toronto, Canada.

Among his more important distinctions they are: 2006 First Prize International Artist in California,Latino Art Museum, Pomona California USA; 2006 Honorary Mention Hispanic Heritage in America, Museum of the Americas Miami Florida USA; 2002 I Reward The Best first Individual Professional Exhibition, Critics' International Association of Art (AICA); 2001 The First Prize Painting (Medal UNESCO), National Exhibition of the Puerto Rrican Artist (ENDAPP), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; 1984 The First Prize Painting and The First Prize in Draw, the XIth University Contest of Plastic Arts of the UPR, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico



Born Jennifer Montreuil, Gen (changed to reflect her philosophy as a Taoist), is a self taught artist working creatively since she was a child. Always fascinated with the human form, Gen’s first outlet for her creativity was in the field of hair and makeup, gaining a reputation as a talented and creative stylist which eventually took her to America’s Film Industry Oscar Ceremonies as a stylist. As her fascination lay truly in working with the human form, it was only a matter of time before Gen began expanding her techniques in to creative body painting, no longer simply applying makeup to the face but now using the lines and curves of the entire human body as her canvas.

At the age of 27 Gen became interested in skydiving, immersing herself in to the sport with gusto. The freedom of flying through the air untethered was soon reflected in her paintings. After studying body casting, the artist was able to incorporate the exhilaration of skydiving with her love of the human body. The two became melded together in her painting technique, using cast figures and free form painting to create reflective works of the young artist’s personal journey.

In a very short 3 years, the resulting paintings have captured the imagination of magazine publishers and collectors alike and can be found in collections in both Canada and the United States.
Artist Statement:
"The key to abstraction is in diligent observation." Lari Pittman

As an adult who lives with Asperger’s, much of my social interaction has been learned through watching and mimicking others. This form of learning became a valuable tool during the height of my hair and make up career. It enabled me to see people in interesting ways, and taught me empathy, as well as compassion. My abilities to abstract people's actions and words into an image for their person, took me far in the world of fashion and hair. When I settled into my West end studio and began to take fewer clients, this same way of seeing people translated itself into my art work.


I have been a working studio artist for over 30 years now. Self-taught, painting has been as much a part of my life as breathing. I learned by doing.
Over 20 of those years have been spent on a little mountain in the Caribbean where my studio is located. I made the decision years ago that the best way to get people interested in coming to see my paintings was to simply be the best painter I could possibly be. Easel time. I put in a LOT of easel time. The gods have been good as I have been fortunate that in spite of my isolation from the art markets of the world, people still seek me out and find me. My work is now in collections around the world and students come to my mountain in search of instruction. My life has been good.
While my paintings are exhibited internationally in RL, I feel as if coming to SL has opened up new universe for me! Standing in a gallery of my work, surrounded by people from around the world, often times  overwhelms me. I believe I might actually be catching up with the future! I am here in SL in hopes of generating a flow of people from this virtual world to my real world. Contacting me through my website is a simple click away. Let our adventure together begin from there!


Van has been painting and creating since eighth grade. He did commercial art mainly for over 30 years but in the last seven years has become a serious (and fun-loving artist).

All of his paintings in this time have been on glass using Pebeo paints and they were predominantly western themed until the past 19 months when Van/Phil switched to painting portraits of SL avatars

The work I am showing in Second Life is mostly abstract. I am interested in color as expression and the balance or imbalance of light and dark. I often work very intuitively, sometimes not even knowing what a piece is about until I am well into it.

I like to hear what people see in my artwork. As much as I like to hear that they see what I see, I am delighted when I encounter different perspectives on and interpretations of my work.

I've worked as an artist in different ways over the years. I started out as a scenic artist and properties artisan for theater and opera companies in the US. I studied art education and now teach private lessons and small classes in my studio. I've been painting in watercolor specifically for about 10 years and after having painted realistically and trompe l'oeil for theater, I'm enjoying working in the abstract. In addition to painting and teaching from my studio in real life, I work as an artist-in-residence in a hospital.

Many of the pieces available in Second Life are also available in real life. Email me at if you are interested in knowing more about a piece.

I also work on commission. happy to make custom art for you.

Thanks for your interest in my work!