Tramas Urbanas (Urban Patterns), the Work of Mexican Visual Artist Paloma Torres Opens at The Mexican Museum
In partnership with the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores de México and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, The Mexican Museum is proud to present the exhibition, Tramas Urbanas (Urban Patterns), featuring the textural work of acclaimed Mexican visual artist Paloma Torres. Created over the last three years as part of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (SNCA), Tramas Urbanas is a visually provocative collection of abstract sculptures and handmade textiles based on a series of aerial photographs the artist took over Mexico City. Join the artist herself in celebrating this contemporary exhibit's grand opening at The Mexican Museum! Born in Mexico City in 1960, Paloma Torres Estrada has always focused her work on the urban landscape, especially Mexico City, including its constructive elements, the fast growth of cities, the loss of open space, and the serious consequences that this generates for a society. Torres received her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the National School of Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM; National Autonomous University of Mexico). She also obtained a master’s degree in color engraving from UNAM while working in the ceramic studio of the university. Torres’ international art studies include learning color engraving at the Atelier 17 under S.W. Hayter in Paris, France, attending workshops on clay paper with Javier del Cueto and professional printing with Carlos García, and learning printing techniques on ceramics from Argentinian ceramic artist Graciela Olio. Torres has also been a resident artist of notable groups such as Artists on the Coast in Careyes, Jalisco, Mexico, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, and work with René Derouin and Val David in Québec, Canada. In addition to her individual exhibitions, Torres has participated in over 100 collective exhibitions, both in Mexico and abroad. Her work is currently featured in the collections of the de Young Museum of San Francisco and the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) at UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico. Additionally, Torres has been a professor of art history and graphic design at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA; Ibero-American University) in Mexico City. Part of the SNCA since 2000, Torres has been a member of the Arts & Letters Council of The Mexican Museum since 2013.