Einar and Jamex De La Torre

Einar and Jamex De La Torre

the brother de la Torre

Collaborating brothers, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, were born in Guadalajara, México, 1963, & 1960. In a sudden family move, the Brothers moved to The United States in 1972, going from a traditional Catholic school to a small California beach town. They both studied at California State University at Long Beach and taught at the prestigious Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Currently the brothers live and work on both sides of the border, the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California, México, and San Diego, California. 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 1990’s. 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 that reflects a complex and humorous aesthetic that could be seen as multi-layered baroque. Their approach is additive, constantly 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 major 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 8 major public art projects and have participated in 4 biennales. Collidoscope: A de la Torre Brothers Retro-Perspective // Colidoscopio: Una Retro-Perspectiva de los hermanos de la Torre, curated by Selene Preciado and organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center and Riverside Art Museum for The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry (aka “The Cheech”) was the inaugural exhibition at The Cheech, the new national center of Riverside Art Museum that houses the contemporary Chicana/o art collection of Cheech Marin in California. The exhibition is currently on view at the Art Museum of South Texas - Corpus Christi, TX through Sept 17, 2023 and then will tour in additional cities in the US through 2025.