A Mexican photographer, painter, sculptor, film and video producer, Ruben Ortiz-Torres is noted as one of the first artists in Mexico to position himself within Post-Modernisim.
Born in Mexico City in 1964, Ortiz-Torres currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied at School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, Visual Arts, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico, and Plastic Arts,California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA. He teaches at the Faculty of the University of California in San Diego. He has participated in several international exhibitions and film festivals. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid Spain, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Tate Modern, London.
The work of Ortiz-Torres is characterized by customization in almost all media. He seeks to offer an alternative avenue for approaching the issues of globalization so central to our current landscape and the various, sometimes conflicted, responses to this newest form of Euro-American dominance.
Featured image: Rubén Ortiz-Torres - Doble Jade, 2013. Chromaluscent urethane on Cora Foam. 24 × 48 in. 61 × 122 cm. Photo courtesy Galería OMR