Luis De La Torre
Working in diverse mediums from painting, drawing and found objects, I am creating my own contemporary visual codex. Using icons and symbols from my indigenous Mexican and European roots, I create works that tell my story and celebrates the ephemeral nature of our existence.
Relationship to Chicago:
Luis De La Torre arrived in Chicago’s neighborhood of Bridgeport at the age of seven. Although he had spent most of his childhood in the states of Jalisco and Nayarít in western Mexico, he was actually born in McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border in 1969. These early years may continue to unconsciously inspire the work of this accomplished and dedicated artist. While his paintings and illustrations do not appear to be overtly Mexican on the surface, many of the ancient Mexican concepts of life and symbols of faith and power continue to appear among his many layers of imagery.
De La Torre’s work expresses the many dualities the artist experiences in his own life. Like the artist, who grew up Mexican in the heart of the U.S. Midwest, his paintings reveal two cultures, two histories, and two distinct worlds fused together into a single enigmatic hallucination. The dreamlike scenes De La Torre often represents hail from the diverse lands that fuel his imagination - the real and the subconscious, the urban and the mythical. De La Torre feeds his muse a diet of U.S. pop culture, current world events, and rituals that mimic ancient ceremonies, then starves her with his own sleep deprivation exercises to see what she reveals. Like an archaeologist, he digs far down into his weary conscience in order to unearth metaphors from the past into the present.
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Ceramics, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Social Practice.