Virgil Ortiz is one of the most avant-garde potters of his time. His contemporary art blends historic events with sci-fi and fantasy. His imagery is both ultramodern and futuristic—a dynamic combination of clay, graphics, fashion, video, and film. Raised in a creative environment filled with storytelling and tradition, he is influenced by his grandmother and mother, both renowned Cochiti Pueblo potters. Ortiz’s art continues to garner global recognition; his works are exhibited in museum collections worldwide including the Stedelijk Museum–Hertogenbosch, Foundation Cartier pour I'art Contemporain, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and currently at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.