ALEJANDRA DE LA TORRE
Hailing from Spain and born in 1983, Alejandra de la Torre embarked on a creative journey that has been shaped by her educational pursuits. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in 2007, which included a transformative year abroad at the Faculdade de Belas Artes in Lisbon during the 2005/06 academic year. Eager to deepen her artistic knowledge, she pursued a Master's in Artistic Production from UPV in 2011/12. Her commitment to artistic growth led her to a Postgraduate degree in Illustration applied to design from IDEP in Barcelona in 2018/19.
Alejandra's artistic journey has been punctuated by her dedication to exploring a multitude of artistic languages, ranging from street art to video-picture installations. Her recent work centers around objects and their significance in our lives, probing the human compulsion to possess and accumulate, the preservation of memories, and the inexorable march of time.
Beyond these themes, she utilizes objects as narrative tools to delve into topics that captivate her, such as the precarity of labor and gender inequality.
Her talent has garnered recognition through grants and scholarships, including the 3CMCV grant in 2015, the "Habitat Artístic" grant from Castellón City Council in 2018 and 2012, and collaboration scholarships with the Polytechnic University of Valencia, further enriching her artistic journey.
Since 2003, Alejandra has been a prolific participant in both collective and solo exhibitions across Europe and the USA. Her individual exhibitions, such as "Grow Up" with the assistance of the University of Valencia's art center in 2016, "September" at the Las Naves center in Valencia in 2014, and "Accumulations and Fetishes" at the Diferença Gallery in Lisbon, have left a profound mark in the art world. Among her notable collective exhibitions are "Open Borders" at Odetta Gallery in NY (2019), "Desplazamientos Sediciosos" at Las Naves (2019), and "Arte y Metamorfosis" at Museo del Carmen in Valencia (2015). Alejandra's participation in art fairs, including "Drawing Room" in Madrid (2020), "Mars" in Castellón (2015, 2018, 2019), and "Ikas-Art" in Bilbao as a representative of UPV (2011), has solidified her presence in the contemporary art scene. Alejandra's works find a home in private collections in Spain, the U.K., Portugal, Belgium, and the United States, in addition to the art collections of UPV, Castellón City Council, Valencia City Council, and Paterna City Council. Her artistry is driven by an exploration of attachment, accumulation, fear of emptiness, obsession, possession, and memory. These concepts are woven into her work, which primarily focuses on painting but often incorporates techniques such as drawing, screen printing, transfer, and even physical objects. Her installations seamlessly merge different elements and techniques, engaging viewers by establishing a rhythm of focus. Notably, Alejandra's artistic research celebrates the use of "non-noble" materials and techniques, such as notepads, pages from old books, tickets, and more, creating a sense of familiarity that draws the spectator in. Her art invites us to ponder the ordinary and find beauty in the everyday, reflecting her profound insight into the world of objects and human connections. Alejandra de la Torre Castellón's artistic journey is a captivating exploration of the intersection between art and the tangible world, inviting us to reevaluate our relationships with the objects that shape our lives.