Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex 1960, Einar 1963. They moved suddenly with the family to Southern California in 1972, going from an all boys Catholic school to public Schools in the beach town of Dana Point. Presently living and working on both sides of the border with studios in Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980 while also attending California State University at Long Beach. In the 80’s they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. In the early 90’s they began working collaboratively as studio artists; later in the decade they began work in installation art with participations in Biennales such as inSITE and Mercosul (Brazil). In 2000 they began their work in public art; they now have six major projects completed. They have exhibited their work internationally, participating in exhibits in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Brazil as well as in the US and Mexico. Their work is in the collection of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma; The National Hispanic Center Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Arkansas Arts Center Museum, Little Rock, Ark; Arizona State University Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; The Kanazu Museum in Kanazu, Japan; The Fisher Gallery Museum at USC; Tucson Museum of Art, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and The Mexican Fine Art Center Museum in Chicago. They have thought workshops at institutions such as, Pilchuck School of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, Ezra School of Glass in Japan, Build-Work Academy in Bavaria, the jam Factory in Adeliede, Australia, and Northlands Creative Glass Centre in Scotland. They also have work in the private collections of Cheech Marin, Elton John, Terry McMilan, Sandra Cisneros and Quincy Troupe.
Personal History and Education 10/1/10
Collaborating artists-brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, México (1963 & 1960), where they grew up until a sudden family move to California in 1972. Presently living and working in Ensenada, México and San Diego, California. Jamex started lampworking glass in 1977, received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983 from California State University at Long Beach Einar started work with glass in 1980 and also attended California State University Long Beach. Jamex attended Pilchuck School of Glass under scholarship twice and Einar as teacher’s assistant to Therman Statom. Both have owned and operated a flame-worked glass figure business from 1981 to 1997.
The National Hispanic Center Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Arkansas Arts Center Museum, Little Rock, Ark; Arizona State University Museum; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA; The Kanazu Museum in Kanazu, Japan; The Fisher Gallery Museum at USC, Los Angeles, CA; Tucson Museum of Art; Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA; Tucson, CA; The Mexican Fine Art Center Museum in Chicago, IL; The Ernsting Stiftung Alter Hof Herding Museum, Coesfeld, Germany; Museum of Glass; The Henry Art Gallery Museum of the Washington University, Seattle, WA; The American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ; The Frauenau Museum of Glass, Frauenau, Germany; Also in the private collections of Cheech Marin, Elton John, Terry McMillan, Sandra Cisneros and Quincy Troupe.
The San Diego Art Prize 2010
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant Award 2007
The Joan Mitchel Grant award 2006.
Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ 2004.
Production grant at “Grant Arts” Kansas City, Missouri, 2001
Xaquique Glass Studio, Oaxaca, Mexico,Bild-Werk School, Fraeunau, Germany ’02, ‘05; The Pittsburg Glass Center ‘05; The Pilchuck Glass School, ’08, ’04, ’00, ’99; Northlands, Creative Glass, , Caithness, Scotland, 2007; Ezra Glass Studios, Kanazu, Japan ‘07 ; Jam Factory, Adelaide Australia ’06; The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey 2003; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada ’02; Penland School of Crafts, NC ’09,’02, ’98.’95; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine ’01; Urbanglass, Brooklyn,’98 ,’01; Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, ’99; Public Glass, San Francisco, ’99; Urbanglass, Brooklyn, ‘98
Guest Artists and Residencies
Mass Art, Boston, Mass. February ’08; Canadian Glass Art Conference, Red Deer, Canada May ’06; the Jam Factory, Adelaide Australia ’06; The Australian National University, Camberra, ’06; The Glass Museum, Tacoma ‘05 Glass Art Society Conference in New Orleans, ’04; Ohio State University, ’03; Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts, TN ’03; The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey ’02; Alfred University, Alfred, NY ’02; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA ’02; University of Miami, ’02; Emporia State University, KS ’01; the Rhode Island School of Design, ’00; Glass Art Society Conference in Brooklyn, ’00; Hilltop AIR program, Tacoma, WA ’96; Penland School of Crafts, NC ’98; Ezra Glass Studios, Kanazu, Japan ’98; California Center for Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA ‘94, ‘96, ‘99 The Intersections Program of the University of Hawaii at Manau, Honolulu, ’98; The Glass Art Society Conference, Tucson, ’97; The Pilchuck School of Glass, WA ’97; California State University Fullerton, CA ‘97, ‘04; University of Illinois at Champaign, IL ’95; California State University San José, ‘94,’95, ‘96, ’98; California State University San Francisco, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96, ‘97, ’01; University of California Los Angeles, ‘84, ’85; California State University Long Beach, ‘83, ’84.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 “Inter-Continental Divide” Exhibition at Kimball Art Center, Park City Utah, Feb
2009 “La Reconquista” Exhibition of new NEA funded installation at MACLA, San José, CA, Sep
2008 “MesoAmerichanics” National Hispanic Center Museum, Albuquerque, NM. Sep.
2005 “Desperados” Exhibition at the Price-Dewey Gallery, Santa Fe, NM November 4
“Folkloric Acid” Exhibition at the Koplin-del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“End of Empire” Exhibition at the California State University Fullerton Main Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
“Reaching Critical Mass” Exhibition at the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard CA June 12
“Intersecting Time and Space” Exhibition at the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA
2004 Exhibition at the American Museum of Glass, Millville, NJ September
2002 “Neorelics: The Spanglish Period” Exhibition at The Salina Art Center, Salina KS October
Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Fort Collins, CO May 3
“Neoreliquias” Exhibition at the Museo de las Artes of the University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, México,
2001“Anacronistas” New installations fabricated and exhibited at Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
“Anacronistas” Exhibition of existing work and installation at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin TX
2000 “The Mexican Problem” Exhibition at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
“Ácido Folclórico: en Retrosperspectiva” Exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana Tijuana, México.
1999“El Niño’s Wake” Installation at San José Center for Latino Arts, San José, CA
1998 “11:58 (PMAD)” Exhibition and installation at the Robert Lehman Gallery, Urbanglass, Brooklyn, NY Exhibition for the Intersections Program of the University of Hawaii, Pegge Hopper Gellery, Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Ojito Tapatio” Exhibition at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL
1997 “El Niño” installation for inSITE97, at the Centro Cultural de Tijuana, México
“Borderline Glass” Exhibition at Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ
1996 “Folkloric Acid: The Resurrection” Exhibition at MACLA, San José, CA
“Folkloric Acid”- Exhibition at the San José Center for Latino Art, MACLA, San José, CA
This exhibition was vandalized and all the works in the exhibit destroyed
1994 “Figuras y Alegoria” Exhibition at Galleria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
Solo Exhibitions at Koplin del Rio Gallery ’08 “New Colonies in the New World”
Solo Exhibitions at Lisa Sette Gallery; ‘07 “Figurate Esto”,
Solo Exhibitions at the William Traver Gallery: ‘08 “Vitrolic Compliments”
Selected Group Exhibitions
California Biennal, Installation at the Orange County Museum of Art, Oct. 2008
Jutapox Exhibition, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, 2008
“No Distance is More Awesome” Installation at Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, 2007
“Sister Cities- Testing Boundaries” El Paso Museum of Art, Mayo 20, 2007.
“Strange New World-Extraño Nuevo Mundo” at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Cultural Institute of Mexico, Washington DC, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, January 2006
“Holly Land- Diaspora and the Desert” at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ, April 2006
“Material Matters” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, April 2006
“5th Bienal do Mercosul”, at Porto Allegre, Brazil September 30 – December 4, 2005
“Espejos-Mirrors: Artistas Contemporáneos de México en los Estados Unidos” at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Washington DC; San Antonio, TX.; San Francisco, CA ; Austin, TX. and Universidad Autonoma de México, DF, México
“Curious” Group exhibition at the Deschler Galerie, Berlin, Germany, November 2004
“Narcochic Narcochoc” Musée International des Arts Modestes , Séte, Franc, 2004.
“Art from the Americas” at the Santa Barbara Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA March 2004
“LARVA” at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana; Monterrey and Guanajuato, México January 2004
“Diagnósticos Urbanos”, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, MéxicoAugust 24, 2002
“III Salon del Vidrio” Group exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela 2002
“VII Salón de Arte BBVA Bancomer” at the Museo de Arte Moderno, México City, Museo de Arte de Querétaro, April 2002
“Made in California- Art Image and Identity, 1900-2000” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 8, 2000
“Ultra Baroque - Aspects of Post Latin American Art” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Museum of Fort
Worth, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; The Miami Art Museum, FL and The Walker Art Center,’03
“Mixed Feelings”- at the Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 2002
“Millennium Glass-an International Survey of Studio Glass” at the Kentucky Art & Craft Gallery, Louisville, KY 4/28, 2000
“ES 2000” International Biennial of Standards at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Baja California, México, 2000
“Off Broadway” Group exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA February 2000
“Glass Art Document” at the Kanazu Forest of Creation Museum, Japan, October-December
“Curate Bienal Monterrey” Special Honorable Mention, at the Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, México. April 1999
“Frágil: Arte en Vidrio” at the Monterrey Glass Museum, Monterrey, México 1998
San Diego New Main Public Library. Artwork in-between elevator (The New Library project is currently on hold)
entrances on 2 floors of the new facility. Budget $170,000
’10 San Diego International Airport. Series of painted and cast resin panels. Budget $175,000.00
’08 ‘Phoenix Civic Center Plaza. Two large scale sculptures in steel and glass. Budget $165,000
City of Phoenix Valley Metro Rail, artwork for Encanto-Central Station. Cantera stone wall sculptures for the
entrances, turning Bronze glyphs and a freestanding bronze sculpture in the station proper. Budget $144,000
‘06 Caltrans District 11 New Campus Facility, San Diego, CA Set of 5 Cantera stone and Sand-cast glass Mandalas
facing Tyler Street in Old Town, San Diego. Budget $50,000
‘05 Plaza San Jose in San Jose, California. Center City redevelopment in conjunction with Blake-Hunt Ventures.
Five monumental Cantera stone sculptures and three 9’ diameter cast glass and mosaic mandalas.
‘01 “Aztec Suicide” Fountain - private commission at the Iris and Matthew Strauss residence in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
42 foot carved Cantera stonewall with blown and cast glass inclusions.
‘00 “Journey to Aztlan” 1,200 foot public art for the City of San Diego. Harbor Drive lowering Colored cement painting
with 300 cast glass masks on the retaining walls. Budget $100,000
Catalog Publications for Solo Exhibitions
“MesoAmerichanics” Catalog for exhibition at the National Hispanic Center Museum, Albuquerque, NM. Sep 2008. Essay by curator Tey Nun and Tomas Ybarra-Frausto.
Einar – Jamex de la Torre, La obra and Making it Book set for exhibition at the California State University Fullerton Main Art Gallery, April 16 2005
Intersecting Time and Place Einar and Jamex de la Torre catalog of exhibition at the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma WA January 2005. Essay by Tina Oldknow www.museumofglass.org
Neoreliquias-Einar y Jamex de la Torre catalog of exhibition at the Museo de las Artes of the University of Guadalajara, México January 2002. Essay by Felipe Ehrenberg. Published by the University of Guadalajara
Triumph of Our Communities, Chicano Art for Our Millennium, and Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art Art books published by the Bilingual Press Hispanic Research Center of Arizona State University
Contemporary Glass; Color Light & Form Art book Los Angeles, California 2001.
Contemporary Art from Urbanglass Art book curated by John Perreault, Brooklyn, NY June 2000. Work published:
The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience Book to celebrate Penland School’s 75th
Anniversary. Work published: “Christian Devil” page 147
Selected Catalogs of Group Exhibitions
“TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art”, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Sep. 2006
Strange New World-Extraño Nuevo Mundo Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, May 2006 mcasd.org
“Holy Land Diaspora and the Desert” Catalog for group exhibition the Herd Museum, Phoenix, AZ. 2006
Material Matters Los Angeles County Museum of Art, April 2006
“Espejos-Mirrors: Artistas Contemporáneos de México en los Estados Unidos” Catalogue for group exhibition at
the Instituto Cultural de México. Published by the Cultural Institute of México, Washington DC September 14, 2005
Insatiable Desires Fisher Gallery at USC, Los Angeles, CA March 2, 2005
100 Artists See Satan Book published by CSUF Grand Central Press, grandcentralartcenter.com
Narcochic Narcochoc , Musée International des Arts ModestesSéte, France April 29, 2004.
Mixed Feelings the Fisher Gallery Museum, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Lateral Thinking: Art of the 1990’s Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Glass Art 2002 Catalog of artists using glass published by Georgina Fentoni, London UK 2002
Tendencies VII Salon de Arte Bancomer, México, DF 2001
Made in California: Art Image and Identity, 1900-2000 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2000
Ultrabaroque, Aspects of Post Latin American Art ,the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA. September 2000.
Millennium Glass, An International Survey of Studio Glass, the Kentucky Art and Craft Foundation, Louisville, KY. 2000.
Crossing Boundaries: Jamex and Einar de la Torre, Steven La Ponsie, Ronald Gonzales, the Fisher Gallery, Univesity of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999.
Latin American Still Life: Reflections of Time and Place, the Katonah Museum of Art, October, 1999 Katonah, NY
Labyrinth of Multitude, California State University Los Angeles, CA.1999. .
Glass Art Documents ‘98 in Kanazu- Kanazu Museum Japan Oct. 1999.
Cuarta Bienal de Monterrey - Monterrey Museum Biennial, Monterrey, México, April 1999.
Private Time in Public Space / Tiempo Privado en Espacio Publico- Catalog for inSITE97, biennial, spring 1999.
Frágil Arte- the Monterrey Glass Museum (Museo del Vidrio), Monterrey, México. Summer 1998.
The work of Jamex and Einar de la Torre has been reviewed in numerous publications including: Art in America, Craft in America, Glass magazine, Origina Magaczine, the Corning Glass Review, Art Nexxus, The Los Angeles Times, Sculpture Magazine etc.