Einar and Jamex de la Torre

2016

Collaborating artists-brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, México, where they grew up until a sudden family move to California in 1972. They currently live and work in Ensenada, México, and SanDiego, California. Jamex started lampworking glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started working with glass in 1980 and also attended California State University Long Beach. Both owned and operated a flame-worked glass figure business from 1981 to 1997.

In their mixed-media sculptures, brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre blend glass-blowing techniques with found objects such as antique printed material, barbeque grills, metal racks, leather, and small objects taken from dollar stores during their travels. Their work draws from traditional Mexican folk art, pop-cultural and religious imagery, and mythology to create works that offer commentary on contemporary Mexican life. The brothers’ collaborative practice embodies the fusion of indigenous and Spanish cultural heritage that makes up contemporary Mexican society.