Painter. Ermilo Torre Gamboa was the great-nephew of the Yucatecan painter Juan Gamboa Guzmán. His first approaches to painting occurred when, as a child, he helped in the framing and retouching of the sacred illustrations that were sold in his parents' establishment "El Paje." He began his vocation at the Instituto de Bellas Artes de Mérida, and later entered the Academia San Carlos in Mexico City and the Real Academia de San Fernando, in Madrid, Spain. In the 1950s he began his production of original works. Upon his return, he settled in Mexico City and later moved to Mérida to have a prolific career as a portraitist. He has more than 55 individual exhibitions organized in Mexico, Havana, the United States and Spain. He was a pioneer in the management of spaces in Mérida for the assembly of exhibitions and established a painting teaching workshop where he received students from 1955 to 2008. He received the Yucatan Medal in 2000. In 2007 the Ermilo Torre Gamboa Foundation was created to support Yucatecan art.
Bio by: Ola K Ase