Rafael Lamata (born in 1959, Spain) & Jaime Vallaure (born in 1965, Spain).
The duo of performers, the so-called "Los Torreznos", are a tool of communication about the social, the political and the most deeply rooted customs. Their work focuses on the translation of topics that are part of everyday life into contemporary language. The intention of their work is oriented towards research and expressive experimentation through simple forms such as gesture, language and presence. Forms, which in the first instance are accessible to anyone and not only to those specialists in the languages of contemporary art. They use humour and deal with contents that reflect what any person can experience. Their work is developed through various formats both in presence (performance or action art) and multimedia (video, sound pieces).
Although Los Torreznos was founded in 1999, Rafael Lamata and Jaime Vallaure have carried out numerous joint projects before that date. Likewise, Jaime Vallaure and Rafael Lamata have been founding members and active components of the experimental creation group Circo Interior Bruto (Interior Brute Circus) 1999/05 and Zona de Acción Temporal (Temporary Action Zone) (ZAT) 1997/98. Previously, each of them developed their own creative work.
They have shown their works in different places and festivals such as Hausemechine, Essen, Germany, Rencontre internationale d'arte de la performance, Quebeq, Canada Festival In-presentables, La Casa Encendida, Madrid. BIDA Bienal Internacional del Deporte en el Arte, Sevilla. Acción!MAD Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Acción, de Madrid. 52nd Edition of the Venice Biennale, Italy. 5th Edition da Mostra de Rendimiento Verbo. Sao Paulo- Brasil. PHX: Festival Fringe PHOENIX Arizona. Muestra Internacional de Arte en Vivo Les Halles, Bruselas, Glasgow. Festival MAPA, Girona. Escena Contemporánea, Madrid, Artifariti, Sahara, Argelia, Foundation Serralves, Oporto, Portugal, etc.
In 2017, their solo exhibition Verbal Tenses took place at Freijo Gallery in Madrid.
In 2020, their work is included in Freijo Gallery's 10th Anniversary virtual exhibition, So far, so close.