De La Torre Brothers
Watch the Feb. 4, 2021 recording above
Join the inspirational De La Torre Brothers for this Wheaton Conversations event as they discuss their art, creative process, and answer questions from the audience.
This event is part of “Wheaton Conversations,” a new virtual series highlighting select artists with ties to WheatonArts! To see the full schedule of conversations, Click Here.
Collaborating brothers, Einar and Jamex De La Torre, were born in Guadalajara, México, in 1963 & 1960. In a sudden family move, the brothers moved to the US in 1972, going from a traditional catholic school to a small California beach town. They both attended CSU at Long Beach. Jamex got a BFA in Sculpture in 1983, while Einar decided against the utility of an art degree. The brothers live and work on both sides of the border, The Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, México, and San Diego, CA. The complexities of the immigrant experience and contradicting bicultural identities, as well as their current life and practice on both sides of the border, inform their narrative and aesthetics.
The Brothers have been collaborating in earnest since the 1990s. Over the years, they have developed their signature style featuring mixed media work with blown glass sculpture and installation art. Their pieces represent a multifaceted view of life, reflecting a complex and humorous aesthetic often seen as multi-layered baroque. Their approach is additive, frequently combining material and meaning. Influences range from religious iconography to German expressionism while also paying homage to Mexican vernacular arts and pre-Columbian art. In the last 15 years, they have been creating photomural installations and using Lenticular printing as a significant part of their repertoire. They have won The USA Artists Fellowship award, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and The San Diego Art Prize. They have had 18 solo museum exhibitions, completed eight major public art projects, and have participated in 4 biennales.