Milagros de la Torre is a New York based artist working with the photographic medium since 1991. Her images involve critical research on the history and technical procedures of the photographic, and examine trauma, its residual effect on the individual, and the structures of remembrance. She studied Communications Sciences at the University of Lima and received a B.A. (Hons) in Photographic Arts from the London College of Communication. Her first solo exhibition (1993), curated by Robert Delpire, was presented at the Palais de Tokyo. In 1995, she was an artist in residence at the Cité des Arts and worked as a curatorial assistant in the Photography Department at the Musée Carnavalet, Paris.
She received the Rockefeller Foundation Artist Grant and was awarded the Romeo Martinez Photography Prize and the Young Ibero-American Creators Prize for her series The Lost Steps (1998). De la Torre participated in 'Contemporary Artistic Practices', a residency at The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (2011), The Dora Maar Fellowship from The Brown Foundation (2014), The Peter S. Reed Foundation Award in Photography (2016), and was the recipient of a "Merited Person of Culture Award" from the Ministry of Culture in Peru (2016).
In 2003, her artist book Trouble de la Vue was published by Toluca Editions, Paris. The Americas Society, N.Y. presented Observed, a solo show curated by Prof. Edward J. Sullivan. The Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) honored her with a mid-career retrospective exhibition (2012).
She has been a resident artist at the ICP-Bard MFA program and has given artist lectures at The Getty Research Institute; Columbia University; The International Center of Photography; Parsons, The New School; The School of Visual Arts; Hunter College; The Americas Society; El Museo del Barrio; Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Syracuse University; Phoenix Art Museum; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico; Center for Contemporary Studies, University of Barcelona; Museo de Arte de Lima, MALI, Peru.
Her work has been exhibited broadly and is part of permanent museum collections including: The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; Yale University, New Haven; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Diane and Bruce Halle Collection, Phoenix; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, U.K.; Universidad de Salamanca, Spain; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico; Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
Her work has been reviewed by Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTFORUM, Frieze Magazine, Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, Public Radio International, Beaux Arts Magazine, Jeu de Paume Magazine, EXIT Magazine, Atlantica Journal.
Born in Peru, De la Torre lives and works in New York.