Jose Luis Torres – Argentina / Canada


ARTIST BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Originally from Argentina, José Luis has been based out of Québec since 2003. His recent work titled Nomadic Landscape present a paradigm of reflections on his experience of emigration. Sculptural forms made of raw wood and sometimes packed earth convey the physical experience of displacement and change of environment. Using ancestral techniques of construction, José Luis builds sculptures that express the intimate and internal experience of having to adapt. José has exhibited in Argentina and extensively across Canada. This year he has scheduled solo exhibitions at Maison des artistes visuels francophones de St- Boniface in Manitoba, at MAI (Maison, arts interculturels) in Montreal, at the Centre d’exposition Léo-
Ayotte in Shawinigan, and he is participating in a group show at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in Saint-Jerôme. He will also be in a residency at Praxis art actuel in Sainte-Thérèse. In 2008 he received a visual arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and one from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. José has taught sculpture in both Argentina and in Canada, has created permanent sculptures in public spaces across the world, has participated in international symposiums, and has received a long list of awards and distinctions for his work.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The relationship of man, art & nature is the essence of my work the sculpture “Observatory” will function as a doorway/portal to
appreciate the continuous changes of said relationship.