Rubén Ortiz Torres is a Mexican photographer, painter, sculptor, film and video producer. He was the subject of the mid-career survey show Desmothernismo at the Huntington Beach Art Center, a show that toured to the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte in Mexico City. His low-rider/video installation, Alien Toy, was shown as part of the InSite show in San Diego in 1997 and in 1998 at Track 16 in Los Angeles. He co-directed the feature-length experimental documentary Frontierland with Jesse Lerner in 1995.Read More
Customization characterizes the art of Rubén Ortiz Torres in almost all media and offers an alternative avenue for approaching the issues of globalization so central to our current New World Order and the various, sometimes conflicted, responses to this newest form of Euro-American dominance. He is noted as "one of the first artists in Mexico to position himself within Post-Modernism.
Ortiz Torres explores the social and aesthetic transformations related to trans-culture and globalization. Different strategies spring out from the means he utilizes. Including his interest in adaptation processes, among several contexts, and their transformations, where signs and objects simultaneously change their shape and meaning.
Ortiz is currently a Faculty Member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. Ortiz Torres publishes a blog entitled For The Record.