Born in Monclova, Mexico, 1975
Lives and works in Mexico City.
Mario García Torres is a Mexican contemporary conceptual artist, whose work has poetically negotiated obscure events associated with conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s as a means to examine its lasting relevance at the intersections of art and popular culture. With the use of a variety of media including photography, film, performance, and printed matter, García Torres often focuses his examination on the concerns of unexplored aspects of history to draw upon surprising coincidences or to stage conversations between fact in faction in an effort to expose the ambiguities and lapses in our collective memory and understanding, commanding the viewer to reexamine broader issues, deriving a new idea from history and reality.
García Torres has had solo exhibitions at Wiels, Brussels, Belgium; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza, Vienna, Austria; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; and El Nuevo Museo de arte contemporáneo, Guatemala City, Guatemala. He has also taken part in the Venice Biennale (2007), Moscow Biennial (2007), Yokohama Triennale (2008), Panama Biennial (2008), São Paulo Biennial (2010), and Taipei Biennial (2010); and Documenta, Kassel, Germany (2012).
His works are included in the following public collections: MoMA, New York, USA; Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico; FRAC - Franche-Comté, Besançon, France; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon, France; Museè National d’Art Moderne, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Tate Modern, London, UK; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; among others. García Torres was awarded a residency at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy (2004) and the Cartier Award at the Frieze Art Fair, London (2007).
Image 1: Installation view, Mario García Torres: Solo, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, 2020. Images 3-6: Installation view, Illusion Brought Me Here, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, 2018.