Osmeivy Ortega was born in Havana, Cuba and is one of the island’s great emerging printmakers. Having balanced art and academic studies as he made his way through college, Ortega was following the professional path of becoming a lawyer. Once he finally was forced to choose between dedicating his life to law or to art, Ortega abandoned the four years of law school and threw himself into his art classes. After studying at the Manero Workshop, Ortega graduated in 2003 from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in Havana. He was hired as a professor from his alma mater and has taught there intermittently since 2003. Ortega received an award of Honorable Mention from the Tamarind Institute of the University of New México 2004, and a Special Mention at La Joven Estampa in 2009 in Havana. His work has been shown in the USA, Europe, and Cuba, and can be found in many public and private collections.