Born 1874, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died 1949, Montevideo, Uruguay
June 1891 Moves with his family to Catalonia, Spain. In the town of Mataró, Torres-García studies drawing at the Escuela municipal de artes y oficios de Mataró under the guidance of Josep Vinardell. His first paintings include oil landscapes and still lifes.
1892 Moves with his family to Barcelona; attends the Academia de bellas artes, then Academia Baixas. Becomes a regular visitor of the artist café Els Quatre Gats, also frequented by Pablo Picasso.
1903-1907 Collaborates with Antoni Gaudí, an architect he meets at El Quatre Gats, on the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia and the windows of the Palma de Mallorca Cathedral.
1918 Starts to design wood toys, a precursor to his Constructivist art creations.
1920 Moves to New York.
1922 Begins manufacturing his toy creations. Returns to Europe.
1926 Settles in Paris.
1928 After being rejected from the Salon d’automne, Torres-García experiments with Constructivism.
1929 Creates his first truly Constructivist works, balancing elements of the natural and plastic, and referencing cultures of South America.
Late 1929 Meets Piet Mondrian. Together with Michel Seuphor, the three found the movement Cercle et Carré.
1930 The group goes public with a journal and group exhibition with forty-six artists at Galerie 23 in Paris. The focus of these artists is to provide an alternative to the domineering Surrealist movement. Because of disagreements with Seuphor, Torres-García leaves the group in the same year.
1933 One-man show at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Madrid.
1934 Returns to Uruguay after teaching and lecturing in Madrid. He founds the Asociación de Arte Constructivo (Association of Constructivist Art) and publishes the journal Circulo y Cuadrado, introducing Cubism, Neoplasticism, and Constructivism to his home country.
1935 Develops many Latin American followers as a result of his text Escuela del sur, where he places Latin American art above European art, and calls for artists to do the same.
1955 Posthumous one-man show at Musée National d’art Moderne, Paris.
1959 Exhibitions at the São Paulo Biennial.
1980 Solo exhibition at Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela.
1991 Exhibitions at the São Paulo Biennial.
1997 Solo exhibition at Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela.