Rubén Ortiz Torres

Opening Reception on Friday, January 13, 2012,  6-10pm

January 13 – February 12, 2012

Double Break, 1821 5th Ave, San Diego, California  92101

Double Break is very excited to announce a solo exhibition of drawings by Rubén Ortiz-Torres. A prolific and accomplished artist known for his work in a variety of media, Ortiz-Torres revisits his roots with this exhibition, which brings together over 70 early portrait drawings, completed between 1983 and 1990, as well as a number of “updated” portraits completed on a recent trip to Mexico City. Combining academic studies, sketches of friends and family and a number of self-portraits, these drawings act as a springboard for viewers to gain insight into the career of this acclaimed conceptual artist. Though his current work is primarily sculpture, installation, painting and video, this belies his deep history with drawing as a medium and his keen sensitivity for traditional works on paper. Double Break is incredibly honored to host this exhibition- an occasion not to be missed by San Diego!

Rubén Ortiz-Torres was born in Mexico City in 1964. Educated within the utopian models of republican Spanish anarchism soon confronted the tragedies and cultural clashes of post colonial third world. Being the son of a couple of Latin American folklore musicians he soon identified more with the noises of urban punk music. After giving up the dream of playing baseball in the major leagues, and some architecture training (Harvard Graduate School of Design) he decided to study art. He went first to the oldest and one of the most academic art schools of the Americas (the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City) and later to one of the newest and more experimental (Calarts in Valencia CA). After enduring Mexico City’s earthquake and pollution he moved to Los Angeles with a Fulbright grant to survive riots, fires, floods, more earthquakes, and proposition 187. During all this he has been able to produce artwork in the form of paintings, photographs, objects, installations, videos, and films. He is part of the permanent 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 Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the California Museum of Photography in Riverside CA, the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid Spain among others.

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