Chandra Dieppa Ortiz is an artist and educator who creates work and collaborative experiences that
employ a historical lens to illustrate the beauty and struggle of the times in which we live. She engages
with others in artistic, educational, and community settings to share insight, create energy, and build
momentum in addressing issues of social justice.
Chandra Dieppa Ortiz was born in Paterson, New Jersey and lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
She received her BA from Florida State University, a Post-Baccalaureate degree in Painting from the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College
Ms. Ortiz, known as Dieppa, works in a inter-related series of paintings, mixed media collage,
assemblage and works on paper that explore the historical and contemporary use of storytelling. Her
work explores issues of race, class, gender and culture in the hopes of creating a dialogue between
communities and generations by visualizing cultural armor. Dieppa believes that "cultural armor"
protects by using love, humor, faith, music, stories and the telling of home truths to empower and
inspire each generation.
Dieppa currently works as an artist and educational consultant. Recent positions include: adjunct
professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Boston Public Schools, as an Art Director for Dorchester
Academy. While at Dorchester Academy, she was nominated for teacher of the year and was also
nominated for the prestigious Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. In October
2011, Dieppa was awarded the Brother Thomas Fellowship for artistic excellence and vision.
Dieppa has had solo and group exhibitions at the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American
Artists, Boston, MA, The New Art Center, Newton, MA, La Casa De La Cultura/The Center for Latino
Arts, Boston, MA, The Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, and The Copley Society of Boston.
Dieppa in the News
Dieppa was recently awarded the prestigeous Brother Thomas Fellowship. Read more...