Born: Paris, France

Resides: Peñasco, New Mexico



University of Pennsylvania B.A.  awarded "honors" and "distinction"
University of Chicago, M.A., thesis on "Spiritual Sources of Artistic Creation"
Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, M.F.A.



Bush Foundation Fellowship, Minneapolis
Fellow The MacDowell Colony
Best Book of  Literary Fiction, 2001, Gold Medal, Foreword Magazine
Jerome Foundation Grant, St. Paul, Mn.
"Notable Book of the Year," New York Times




Ortenstone Delattre Fine Art, 118 Camino de la Placita, Taos, New Mexico


Art Ventures Gallery, 403 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM
The Jayne Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
Blue Gallery, Kansas City, Mo.
Carla O'Neal Fine Art, Santa Monica, Ca.
Dunbar Morss Gallery, Boulder, Co.
Alvear Studios, Washington, D.C.
Gallery of the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Pierre Delattre Gallery, Taos, NM
Ortenstone Gallery, Taos, NM
Jemez Springs Gallery, Jemez, NM
Cardona-Hine Gallery, Truchas, NM
Venus Gallery, Truchas, NM
Tiffin Gallery, Dixon, NM


Related Work:

Director National Exhibition of Sacred Art, Rockefeller Chapel, U. of Chicago

Director Arts Outreach Program, Stiles Hall, U. of C., Berkeley

Director Bread and Wine, a coffee houses focused on art, music, theatre and dance in North Beach, San Francisco

Film Maker, co-producer Nadarien Films, Ltd., San Francisco

Host and Creator "Against the Stream," an award winning weekly art series on KPIX (CBS), San Francisco

Director for 16 years of the Creative Writing Program and Art Illustration courses, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Alende

Director Arts Awareness Program, Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis

Acting Director Creative Writing Program, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


As graphic artist did 17 illustrations and cover painting for "Tales of A Dalai Lama," my novel published by Houghton Mifflin in l971, then Penguin, Gollancz, Ballantine, Creative Arts, a version in Hindi (Mumbai)  and still in print with Lost Horse Press. Frequently anthologized

Lead essayist on contemporary art for 7 years, "THE, Santa Fe's Monthly Magazine of the Arts"

Cover painting for my novel "Walking On Air," (Houghton Mifflin, Gollancz, Graywolf Press),  "Notable Book of the Year," NY Times, made into a musical in Providence, R.I. with author's set collaboration.  Cover painting also for my memoir "Episodes," Graywolf Press.

Author "Coming Home to Beauty," self-published book on a reconsidering beauty in art.  Richly illustrated.

Regular Blogger on Pierre's Blog

Artists's Statement:  

I have been called a narrative artist or fabulist.  Beauty, love and happiness are the qualities I most want in my own life, hence I would like to generate the same in the lives of my collectors.  I believe that the divine is in the ordinary, the sacred in the commonplace.  Lovers appear frequently in my work. Having been raised in southern France as a boy (though I was born in the States), I remain influenced by painters who were living there then, especially Picasso, Matisse and Chagall.  Eighteen years in Mexico, living with a tribe called the Otomi, sometimes doing film work with the Mayans of Yucatan, and now living on the Picuris Reservation in Penasco, NM, I value the indigenous traditions of the Americas and have gained much aesthetically and spiritually from native culture, as well as from the Hispanic folk trandition and from the New Mexico landscape.  I often go out to gather various tones of New Mexico earth that I incorporate directly into my canvases, using transparent acrylic gels to make them light and archival.  My acrylic paintings are gallery wrapped over stretcher bars; they don't need frames and can be shipped either on or off the bars.  I live in a collaborative relationship with my wife, the painters Nancy Ortenstone.

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