Victor Ortega, living in Prague, Czech Republic, is the popularizer of the Varasano-Ortega Method (formerly the Ortega Method) for 2x2x2. Victor is often mistaken as the creator of the method, however he only popularized it.
Ortega learned to solve learn to solve the cube at the age of 7 in 1981, making use of James G. Nourse's The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube.
In December 2001 Josef Jelinek added Ortega's Corners-First Method (a solution for 3x3x3 cubes) to his website. Although explicitly based on on Minh Thai's The Winning Solution (1982), it became widely known as the Ortega Method as it got adopted by 2x2 solvers. More recently (in 2015) YouTube cuber Christopher Olson credited the original solution to that invented by Jeffrey Varasano in 1981 so it has become more common to refer to the Varasano-Ortega Method.