Raúl Ortega Ayala (b. 1973, Mexico) studied Painting at ‘La Esmeralda’ in Mexico City and then traveled to Glasgow to do a Master in Fine Arts at the Glasgow School of Art —combined with a six-month exchange at Hunter College in New York, from which he graduated in 2003. He then moved to London, where he worked for five years on various projects and returned to Mexico in 2009. During his masters degree, he moved away from painting and veered his practice towards Anthropology and began working with the ethnographic method of ‘participant observation.’ Since then, he has purposefully immersed himself for periods of one or two years in various different contexts such as the office world, food and gardening, resulting in three different series titled: Bureaucratic Sonata, An Ethnography on Gardening, and Food for Thought. He is currently exploring other methodologies used in History and Archaeology for a new series devoted to the concept of absence, trace, and iconoclasm. His work is held in private and public collections, including the David Roberts Art Foundation and the VandenBroek Foundation.