Einar and Jamex de la Torre - the De la Torre Brothers
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 both Ensenada, México and San Diego, California. Jamex started lampworking glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach under scholarship; received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980; also attended California State University Long Beach. Both owned and operated a flame-worked glass figure business from 1981 to 1997.
The De la Torre brothers have been collaborating in earnest since the mid-nineties. They have been working together to develop their signature style mix media work with blown glass sculpture. Their pieces represent a multifaceted view of life that reflects a complex and humorous aesthetic that could be called baroque. In recent years, they have been experimenting with lenticular printing and large photo mural installations alongside blown glass. The brothers have had 15 solo museum exhibitions in 6 countries with work in numerous museum collections. They have been awarded the USA Fellowship award, The San Diego Art Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award.
Prominently featured in Cheech Marin's Chicano art collection, this amazing artist duo -- Einar and Jamex de la Torre -- are known for their tongue-in-cheek cultural commentary using unconventional glass-working techniques. The brothers force a reassessment of a material often considered purely decorative -- high and low culture, the sacred and the profane, the esoteric and the pop collide in their works.