“Felix Gonzalez-Torres, original name Félix González-Torres (born Nov. 26, 1957, Guáimaro, Cuba—died Jan. 9, 1996, Miami, Fla., U.S.), Cuban-born American sculptor, photographer, and conceptual artist known for work in a variety of media that addresses issues of identity, desire, originality, loss, the metaphor of journey, and the private versus the public domain. Like many artists of the 1980s, Gonzalez-Torres used the postmodern strategy of appropriating ready-made motifs and objects to create his art, thereby challenging the idea of the unique art object that was so much a hallmark of Modernism.
Gonzalez-Torres grew up in Cuba and Puerto Rico and then Spain before moving to New York City in 1979 to study at Pratt Institute. He received a B.F.A. in photography in 1983 and then an M.F.A. from the International Center of Photography in 1987. That year, with Julie Ault and Doug Ashford, he formed a New York-based artists’ collaborative, Group Material. In their highly political staged exhibitions, the collaborative examined such issues as consumerism, democracy, and the relationship of artist, art object, and viewer. These concerns continued to engage Gonzalez-Torres in his individual work as well.”..........More