The designer and artist Morel Orta is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and has been a resident of Boston since 2000. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. For the past 21 years he has worked for the renowned architectural firms of Bruner/Cott Architects, Gensler, Perkins&Will and Elkus Manfredi. He currently runs a private practice in Sandwich MA, where he specializes in the design of both architectural and interior projects. His award-winning design work reflects his keen interest in contemporary aesthetics.
Orta perceives his designs as “ … nothing more than the physical representation of my way of thinking. Through painting, which is my preferred method of experimentation, I can play in a two-dimensional world and test what could potentially become three-dimensional creation— which could range from sculpture and furniture to interior spaces and buildings. For me, paintings are the step in between, that missing link between the built environment and what lies inside the designer’s mind.
Through paintings I can evoke all the colors, feelings, aromas, and passions that resonate with people who grow up in Venezuela. Being the grandson of a master carpenter from Margarita Island, I carry with me a profound love of the sea, of sailing, of nature, and that permanent pursuit of the awareness of being alive and free—that is what I strive to communicate through design.”
Interior Cafe at Constitution Wharf, Boston Massachusetts