Torres Tama was born in Ecuador, South America and raised
in New Jersey and New York. Since 1984, he has been living
in New Orleans, a place he describes as his "spiritual
home." He is a performance artist, bilingual poet, and
visual and installation artist, exploring racial issues and
the effects of media on the diverse cultures of the U.S.
achievements are as varied as the disciplines he works in.
He is a recent recipient of a 1998-99 Theatre Fellowship awarded
to him by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Also, he received
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts for the
development of a new performance entitled $CASINOAMERICA$.
In addition, the Arts Council of New Orleans awarded him a
grant for We
Are Patriots With Dark Faces, a satirical drama
which he has toured throughout the country and in parts of
Mexico and Canada.
has received national acclaim, and the Village Voice has said
that Torres Tama "treads that dangerously vague turf
of performance art gracefully." His touring success has
led the Louisiana Division of the Arts to recently select
him as one of the top ten performing artists in the state.
He is also the recipient of a 1998 Applauso Award from Aqui:
New Orleans, a bilingual newspaper, as recognition for his
contributions as a Latino artist.
on tour, his performance of Patriots
at Performance Space 122 in New York City was filmed and presented
on Manhattan Cable Access as a part of a series called Alive
and Kicking from P.S. 122, produced by video artist Charles
Dennis. In New Orleans, two documentaries of his work have
been produced by the Ecos Latinos Television Series for Cox
Tama's visual art also has garnered awards and critical praise.
He has received a Louisiana Purchase Award for his drawings,
and the New Orleans Times-Picayune has said that "his
most successful drawings recall Goya in ways often chillingly
appropriate to contemporary life." Also, he has curated
group exhibitions of Latino artists entitled Latin Perspectives
I & II at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Bienville