Artist News // Gregorio Peño Honored in Two Countries

Gallery Artist Gregorio Peño received Honorable Mention in the International Ceramic Competition in Mino, Japan and is featured in the ‘New Talent’ category of the European Ceramic Context in Bornholm, Denmark.

The International Ceramic Competition aims to promote the further development of ceramic industry and culture through international exchanges of ceramic designs and culture. Outstanding works that suggest innovative ideas and explore the future of ceramics coming from all over Japan and the world will be displayed together.

unnamedPeño received Honorable Mention in the 10th International Ceramic Competition for his work Forma Abatida XVI. On view at the Exhibition Hall, Ceramics Park, Mino until October 19th.

Forma Abatida XVI

Gregory Peño // Forma Abatida XVI // 2013 // Clay, slip and glaze. Mixed media, melted clay.


ecc2014The European Ceramic Context 2014, part of a  biennial  symposium for contemporary glass and ceramics, is motivated by a desire to promote the disciplines and trades of glass and ceramic art at European and global levels.

Floración XVII

Gregory Peño // Floración XVII // 2013 // Wall piece. Clay and glaze. Mixed media, melted clay.

Peño presents his wall piece Floración XVII in the biennial’s ‘New Talent’ exhibition, showing through November 23rd at Grønbechs Gård.

More Gregorio Peño at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

de la Torre Brothers // Workshops at University of Miami Sept. 17th & 20th

While they are in Miami for their exhibition Folkloric Acid at Mindy Solomon Gallery (Sept. 19-Oct 31), the infamous de la Torre brothers, Einar and Jamex, will be also offering workshops hosted by the University of Miami on Wednesday, September 17th and Saturday, September 20th, in the Studio Arts Building at 1535 Levante Avenue in Coral Gables, Florida. Presentations will take place in room 184 and demonstrations in room 110.

Wednesday, September 17th, 5:30pm
Introductory class and demonstration with students

Saturday, September 20th, 3:30pm
Slide presentation and demonstration with students
Graduate student studio visits at 1pm

Open for viewing by non-glass art students, glass guild students, faculty, local glass artists, and the public.  Please join us!

Collaborating artists-brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, México.

Collaborating artists-brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, México.

Christopher Winter // Munich and Berlin shows this September

Mindy Solomon artist Christopher Winter is scheduled to present in two exciting exhibitions in Germany this September. The first is the solo show DOUBLE VISION and the second a group exhibition with KIK THREE entitled DIZZYLAND, which he also curated.

Opening of Solo Exhibition at Anbacher Contemporary in Munich
Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7pm

Double Vision Solo Exhibition

Christopher White // Double Vision Solo Exhibition

Winter has curated the newest exhibition for KIK THREE in Berlin, the third exhibition of its kind, and titled the show DIZZYLAND.

In Winter’s own words:  “DIZZYLAND explores our contemporary “déjà vu“ and the strange detachment it causes, a feeling brought about by virtual reality and the myriad complexity of new computer science. It is a feeling of no longer being in the “real world.” This can be seen in the contemporary art now being made where traditional means are questioned, the everyday crosses into art, art objects blur lines between traditional painting, sculpture or film and tackle new unfamiliar territory. Art is re-inventing itself.”

Christopher Winter // Dog Days // 2011 // 130 x 100 cm // Acrylic on canvas

Christopher Winter // Dog Days // 2011 // 130 x 100 cm // Acrylic on canvas

DIZZYLAND will include work from the following artists: Daniele Buetti, Elmgreen & Dragset, Christian Hahn, Tom Hammick, Andy Hope 1930, Birgit Jensen, Simon Knab, Bjørn Melhus, Maxine Puorro, Przemek Pyszczek, Ben Sleeuwenhoek, Barbara Steppe, Elmar Vestner, Kay Walkowiak, Peter Wilde, The Andy Wall Whores (a collaboration between Linda King & Christopher Winter), Andreas Zimmermann.

ArtNet Names Folkloric Acid One of ’60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can’t Miss’

unnamed In its article ‘60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can’t Miss,’ ArtNet featured our upcoming exhibition, Folkloric Acid: the Work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre: “The fall art season is upon us, when galleries return from their August hibernation…In September alone, hundreds of shows kick off around the country, and we’ve picked out 60 that we are particularly keen on…the more intriguing and far-out (the outrageous blown-glass sculptures of the de la Torre brothers at Mindy Solomon in Miami).” 60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can't Miss: de la Torre Brothers The show opens Sept 19-Oct 31 at Mindy Solomon Gallery, with new lenticular lightbox pieces to dazzle the eye.  The Opening Night Reception on Friday, Sept. 19th from 6-9pm, will include a tequila tasting with the de la Torre brothers in attendance, sponsored by Gramps bar.

In other news, the de la Torre brothers have recently been honored with an acquisition of one of their mixed media works by the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.

“Visually loud, with loaded iconography and aggressive colors, the de la Torre brothers’ art is confrontational, humorous, and ironic. Born and raised in Mexico, Einar and Jamex de la Torre moved to Southern California in 1972. Dada and surrealist elements abound in their work, and they intentionally incorporate and re-interpret pre-Hispanic and Catholic motifs with a Dadaist or surrealist slant.”

Einar & Jamex de la Torre: Folkloric Acid // September 19-October 31

The difference between Art and Life is that Art is more bearable.
—Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Mindy Solomon Gallery presents ‘FOLKLORIC ACID: The Work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre,’ September 19th-October 31st at 172 NW 24th St. in the Wynwood Art District, Miami.  The Opening Night Reception on Friday, Sept. 19th from 6-9pm, will include a tequila tasting with the de la Torre brothers in attendance, sponsored by Gramps bar. The work of Einar and Jamex, AKA “the de la Torre Brothers,” has recently evolved through the use of digital and lenticular printing.

Understanding the frenzy of the work of Einar and Jamex de la Torre is like trying to navigate the running of the bulls in Spain on a tricycle. The chaos coming at you assaults your senses from all sides. Which way to turn? From the baroque sculptural glass and mixed media figures to the multi-dimensional lenticular light box wall pieces, one feels a sense of high stimulation and sensory overload. There is a joyous abandon that accompanies experiencing the work, as well as charm and a folksy narrative that keep the viewer engaged.

Jamex de la Torre states, “’Folkloric’ refers to our interest in the Mexican vernacular; ‘acid’ represents our contemporary reinterpretations and utilization of new material technologies. In this body of work, we have explored tendencies to revisit our 60s and 70s flower child art roots with free-flowing images of beautiful and strange nature.  This we juxtaposed with images of consumerist culture. We see ourselves as baroque artists; our work is deeply layered in terms of material and content. We customarily use glass and mixed media—lately, our work has evolved through the use of digital printing and especially lenticular printing.”

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Einar and Jamex de la Torre // Rapture // 2014 // 63 x 49 x 5 inches // Lenticular print, LED lightbox

These globetrotting artists have a tremendous fan base that spans the continents. Most recently in Belgium and England, every stop on the artistic journey creates another narrative layer to the work. Their interest in public art and community exchange serves as a bridge between the Mexican/American diaspora and the rich and unique culture of Mexico. Their frequent trips across the border are inspiration for works that speak to the challenges of racial stereotypes in a fluid society.

The de la Torre Brothers’ utilization of humor combined with high craft and innovative artistic articulation create a dynamic and meaningful visual experience.


Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre were born in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamex in 1960, Einar in 1963. They moved suddenly with the family to Southern California in 1972, going from an all-boys Catholic school to public schools in the beach town of Dana Point. They are presently living and working on both sides of the border with studios in Ensenada, Mexico and San Diego, California. Jamex started flame-working glass in 1977, attended California State University at Long Beach, and received a BFA in Sculpture in 1983. Einar started work with glass in 1980, while also attending California State University at Long Beach. In the 1980s, they ran a flame-worked glass figure business while also developing their assemblage style of work. In the early 90s, they began working collaboratively as studio artists; later in the decade, they began work in installation art with participations in Biennales such as inSITE and Mercosul (Brazil). In the year 2000, the brothers began their work in public art; they now have six major projects completed. They have exhibited their work internationally, participating in exhibits in France, Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, and Brazil, as well as the US and Mexico. Their work is in the collection of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington; The National Hispanic Center Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Arkansas Arts Center Museum, Little Rock; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Kanazu Museum, Japan; The Fisher Gallery Museum USC, California; Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; and The Mexican Fine Art Center Museum in Chicago. They have taught workshops at institutions such as Pilchuck School of Glass, Penland School of Crafts, Ezra School of Glass in Japan, Build-Work Academy in Bavaria, Jam Factory in Adelaide, Australia, and Northlands Creative Glass Centre in Scotland. Their work is included in the private collections of Cheech Marin, Elton John, Terry McMilan, Sandra Cisneros, and Quincy Troupe among others.


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Einar and Jamex de la Torre // Los Cuatro Dickens // 2014 // Resin castings, lenticular print, LED lightbox

Mindy Solomon Gallery specializes in contemporary emerging and mid-career artists. Represented works include painting, sculpture, photography, and video in both narrative and non-objective styles. Solomon also exhibits some of the most prestigious contemporary Korean artists on the world market. With an interest in client education, such as a collectors’ tour to South Korea and regular artists’ talks and VIP events, the gallery and its programs endeavor to showcase a unique and bold view of the international art world. Deeply interested in the intersection of art and design, Ms. Solomon and her team collaborate with designers, advisors, consultants and curators to inform and integrate fine works of art as part of a greater aesthetic. One of only six galleries in Florida to be included in ‘Top 500 Galleries Worldwide’ in the Louise Blouin Media Modern Painters 2013 Annual Guide, Mindy Solomon Gallery participates in many prestigious art fairs, including Art Miami during Basel’s Art Week Miami Beach, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair in Mexico City, VOLTA NY, and Shanghai Contemporary.

The mission of the Mindy Solomon Gallery is to present the highest caliber works from emerging and mid-career artists in a broad spectrum of media. With a focus on context and the interconnectedness of material, Mindy Solomon and her staff approach the client/artist relationship with an interest in education and visual empowerment.

More Einar and Jamex de la Torre at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Gary Petersen Creates Installation for Philadelphia Gallery

zip line tow rope featured at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

“Gary Petersen is first and foremost a painter, but it seems that he’s got a knack for installation too, as evidenced by his solo show, “zip line tow rope,” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. The New York-based artist has wound up in Philly for the exhibit curated by Alexis Granwell, which includes his largest site-specific mural work to date – one that emerges from geometry and pop art and lands squarely in a spatial world of incandescent lighting and voracious art observers.” Read the full article in Knight Arts here.

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“Gary Petersen has painted two of that gallery’s walls with an exhilarating composition of variously colored rectangles and parallelograms on a soft, butter-yellow background that gives the entire gallery a golden hue.” Read the full article in Philly.Com here.

Wish You Well

Gary Petersen // Wish You Well // 2009 // 20 x 16 inches // Acrylic on panel

More Gary Petersen at Mindy Solomon Gallery //

Osamu Kobayashi featured in Columbia Museum of Art

Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Osamu Kobayashi has been honored with a purchase by the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina, and featured in the Museum’s 100th issue of Collections magazine (excerpt below).

“Osamu Kobayashi earned his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Kobayashi has already accomplished much for a young artist, including solo exhibitions in both New York and Italy. Each year the Academy nominates and selects talented candidates for the purchase program, and Frozen Ghosts, Black Hole was one of only 17 works selected for purchase in 2013. It is an honor to be selected by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for participation in their program, and signals that they respect the quality of our institution.


Osamu Kobayashi, American, born 1984. Frozen Ghost, Black Hole, 2010, oil on canvas. Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds, 2013, to the CMA in 2014.

The renowned artists who formed the 2013 award selection committee are Alex Katz, Catherine Murphy, Thomas Nozkowski, Judy Pfaff, Dorothea Rockburne, Peter Saul, and Joel Shapiro. In short, a highly qualified committee of artists have vetted Kobayashi and awarded Frozen Ghosts with a purchase.

Following their expertise, the CMA curators believe this painting is an excellent addition to our contemporary collection, and it has the added benefit of having been painted by a Columbia native, which may serve to inspire and encourage local artists.”

-Collections, Columbia Museum of Art
Summer 2014, Issue 100

More Osamu Kobayashi at Mindy Solomon Gallery //