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Paul Torres

Biography

Naturally gifted with a keen observation of everyday life and the cultural, social, political and religious landscape in the world we live, Paul Torres' art embodies a rich imagination and is laced with social commentary and a soulful interpretation of everyday life. Paul was born in Chile, his interest in art began at age 3 after being introduced to comic books. He developed a love for comic books and started drawing soon after, his father then hired a private art tutor for him. By the age 7 he was already enrolled in an art correspondence school. Early on, Paul also became influenced by Hollywood films and mostly enjoys horror films and Westerns.

Coming to the United States for a one-year stay at the age of 9 to MarVista CA, Paul fell in love with the art culture here. After immigrating to the United States permanently at age 18, Paul served in the U.S. Army, attended Otis Parsons Art Institute forum two years, and then in 1998 he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He has had the privilege to study with very prominent and leading artists such as Daniel Greene, Albert Handell, Norwegian artist Jan Saether at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, and also Joseph Mendez at the Businessman's Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also worked for several years in the animation and movie industry worked for DIC entertainment, as a Character designer, helped make The Ghostbusters TV Syndication and Network Show Number 1, also have worked for "Cool World", Ralph Bakshi productions, "Scrooged" and other movies, and exhibiting paintings in galleries and museums and private collections, at the same time.

Paul is known to be very creative by utilizing various mediums. He works with a variety of mediums ranging from oil to acrylic, ink and dry mediums, preferring oil. Although he feels very comfortable working from life and models, he also uses his imagination combined with working from life to bring the work into a more personal level and aiming for magic realism rooted in the tradition of the old masters with undertones of modern influences. Paul has been called a visionary artist and a soul artist.

He has shown at Copro Gallery, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Rico Gallery, The Hive Gallery, Muckenthaler Cultural Center among many more throughout the US and Europe, and has had many Solo Shows. Paul was also represented at the rental and sales gallery in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and have been selected as a featured artist for Cannibal Flower in 2007, and the Hive Gallery. He has been featured in Cultcrusher, Legend , Juxtapoze, Reddoor magazine, Browndwarf compendium magazines ,The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration and many more publications and sites throughout the world

Paul currently resides in Alhambra, California with his beloved girlfriend Clara.

Artist Statement

I feel that art can help people in a variety of ways, as a form of communication, as a bridge, as a unifying tool, to help people see things and their surroundings in a completely new dimension. It can also help to inform them of world events, history, culture and spirituality. As a window to a person's own soul, as a form of entertainment, healing, and also as a tool for peace and understanding. Societies have always looked at artists, and musicians for spiritual messages.

Of course, all of us see things differently, according to our upbringing, culture, moral values, interest, etc. I'd say children see art in the most pure form, so art in my opinion should not be made for a very defined group of people, but instead, it should reach as many people as possible. Some will understand it on one level and others perhaps with more life experiences and education will see more of the underlying messages and hopefully enough will respond to it.

As an artist, this can only be achieved with a grounded knowledge of academic art training, methods, and techniques in the craft. Knowledge of the history of Renaissance painting and a thorough understanding of Western art and culture, and an understanding of Eastern culture is beneficial as well.

In order to achieve the tools, technique and language to fully express oneself, one must come to a point of complete mastery of one's craft. So one is able to devote one's energy, effort, time to the content of the work. Therefore one can fully develop a personal and unique vision, that hopefully will connect with people,I aim to make my work interesting, different enough, and original on every level possible. I am always asking myself how can I make this, in a way that nobody has done it before, or in a way that I have not seen it before, in technique, color, value, surface, texture, design, composition and content. I will always begin by putting extra effort to design and value, because that is the core of a good painting, and the most important element of pictorial language.

I strongly believe that the world doesn't need by any means another painting. I don't think there's enough room for it, but we can all surely and gladly accept another masterpiece, including myself.

We live in a time now where everything competes for everyone's attention, jumping at us from every corner like videos, computers, TV, cell phones, radios, car horns, sirens, ads everywhere. We also live in a time where people are talking less and less to each other, in an average home most people have the TV on all day. The point I am trying to make is that it is harder today more than ever to capture someone's attention. So therefore, in some ways artists have to think of all of this and join in the competition, so to speak, or completely ignore it. An artist needs to make work that is powerful enough to compete with the biggest colorful billboard, or the loudest song, and hopefully vanquish them.

I hope to bring beauty, hope, joy, faith, healing, happiness, inspiration, and move or stir someone, and promote self-awareness to people with my work, that apart from my family my work gives me plenty of happiness.

In the end I'd like my work to last through time, for as long as possible, because it is the product of my experiences of the time that I live in and it comes from the love I have for life, people and the earth, and hopefully my work can enrich people's lives in a positive way.

Sincerely Yours,

Paul Torres
July 22, 2015

Resume

Education
  • 1998: BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • 1989: Otis Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Terra Firme, Chimmaya Gallery, Los Angeles CA, November 2016
  • Bamboo Lane Gallery, Los Angeles CA, Fly on the Wall 2011
  • Grand Central Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, Idiosyncratic Behavior 2009
  • The Conference Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2008
  • Norm Maxwell Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, High Low Brow,
    2007
  • Bamboo Lane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Terra Incognita 2007

    Selected Two Person Exhibitions

  • Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA, Wish You Were Here 2008
  • The Conference Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Meeting 1.4", The Conference Room Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA 2008
  • Koos Art Center, Long Beach, CA 2008
  • Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, Living Dead 2007
  • Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA 2007
  • Ratatouille, Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA (coincided with Red Carpet Screening) 2007
  • Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Artist 2007
  • The Hive Gallery and Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Featured Artist 2007

    Selected Group Exhibitions

  • We the people, downtown artwalk,artwalk lounge, Los Angeles, CA, January 2017
  • New Year, New Art, Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum, Los Angeles, CA, January 2017
  • Annual December Group Show, Chimmaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, December 2016
  • Small Works Group Exhibition, Chimmaya Gallery,Los Angeles, CA, November 2016
  • 11th Anniversary Exhibition Open Theme/Dia de los Muertos, Chimmaya Gallery,Los Angeles, CA, October 2016
  • Taco Truck on every corner, Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles CA, October 2016
  • An Homage to Frida Kahlo,Chimmaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA September 2016
  • A Retrospective of Gender: Female/Male Portraits,Nudes & Pin Ups, Sagrado Corazon/Virgen, Chimmaya Gallery Los Angeles, CA, July 2016
  • 3rd Annual Sagrado Corazon / 1st Annual Virgen Exhibition, Chimmaya Gallery,Los Angeles,CA, May 2016
  • 11 yr anniversary, the Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, April 2016
  • October/Fall Exhibition, ChimMaya Gallery,Los Angeles, CA October 2015
  • The 3rd Annual Coaster Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Sept 2015
  • 10 yr anniversary, Chimmaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, May 2015
  • 10 yr anniversary, the Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, April 2015
  • Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March 2015
  • Service, Muzeo Museum, Anaheim, CA, November 2014
  • Freak Wave, Galerie Grand'rue, Poitiers, France, Oct 2014
  • Spectrum-Gestalt, Bleicher Project Space, Santa Monica, CA 2014
  • Caja, Gallery 423 West, Los Angeles, CA, July 2013
  • Museum of Eroticism, L'Etrange Peuple de Freak Wave, Paris,France 2012-2013
  • Latin Fusion, Noho Gallery, North Hollywood, CA, Featured Artist 2011
  • WWA Gallery, Culver City, Lilacs Out of the Dead Land, CA 2011
  • The Alternative Café, Seaside, CA, Beautiful Dreamers 2010
  • 100 Artists see satan, Grand Central Gallery, Santa Ana, CA 2009
  • Loft at Liz's Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lighting in a Bottle Festival, Irvine CA, Live Painter
  • Saturnalia”, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cave Gallery, Venice Beach, CA
  • Everything but the Kitschen Sync”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery
  • High Fructose, Copro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2009
  • Transformation", Create Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • United Cat-Safari Sam's, Los Angeles, CA
  • Project 57, Distinction Gallery, Escondido, CA
  • 99 Red Balloons, Cactus Gallery, Eagle Rock, CA
  • Chupacabras, Solid Gallery One, Los Angeles, CA
  • Don't go to the Mall, Julie Rico Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Love and Bullets, The Grind, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Son of Sin & Mystic Blockhead, Koos Art Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pussy and the Pooch, Beach Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Brushes, Needles & Burnouts, Kustom Kulture Gallery, New York, NY
  • Kiss the Canvas, Kustom Kulture, Baldwin, NY
  • SurfBEAT, The Light Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Having Fun with Animals, Monkey House, Silver Lake, CA
  • Blood Work, The ARTery Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Bustin' Out, Rock Rose Gallery, Highland Park, CA
  • Lightning in a Bottle Festival, The Do Lab, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Mountain Bar, Los Angeles, CA 2007
  • Cannibal Flower @ The Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Douglas Alvarez & Friends Animal Show, Eagle Rock, CA
  • THEY", The Light Gallery, Costa Mesa, CATransformation", Create-Fixate, Los Angeles, CA
  • Artseen, Smash Box, Culver City, CA
  • Live 2.0, Norm Maxwell, West Los Angeles, CA
  • East to West, Artist of Asian and American Descent, Norm Maxwell, West Los
  • Angeles, CA
  • A Little Birdy Told Me, Live Painting", Mountain Bar, Chinatown Los Angeles, CA -->
  • JCMAS, The Conference Room Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • SK8 Deck the Halls", Windup Gallery, Mesa, AZ
  • Halloween Group Show, Windup Gallery, Mesa, AZ
  • The Bagavagabonds Bohemian Circus", Epoxy box, Venice, CA
  • Brushes, Needles & Burnouts," Kustom Kulture Gallery, New York, NY
  • Fresh Paint, Old Master, Hangar 1018, Santa Monica, CA
  • The Venice Contemporary, Venice, CA
  • Flags Unflown, Truxtop Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lighting in a Bottle" Festival, The Do Lab, Santa Barbara, CA 2006
  • Dreams and Aspirations", Hangar 1018, Santa Monica, CA
  • Cannibal Flower, Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cannibal Flower 6th Anniversary", Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • LA Ethos", Pharmika, Los Angeles, CA
  • Film Roman/Level 13", Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 1998
  • Art Center College of Design Student Show, Pasadena, CA 1998
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rental and Sales Gallery, Represented from 1991 to 1995
  • Los Alamitos Cultural Center Annual Show, Los Alamitos, CA 1986
  • Expressions of the Human Figure, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA 1986
  • Cypress College Student Show, Cypress, CA
  • Anaheim Art Association Art Shows, Anaheim CA

    Scholarships & Awards

  • Film Roman/Level 13/Rico Gallery - Best of Show Fine Arts Competition Exhibition 1999
  • Los Alamitos Cultural Center Annual Show - Best of Show1987
  • Fine Art Scholarship - Art Center School of Design, Pasadena, CA 1987
  • Anaheim Art Association Art Shows - First Prize, Best of Show

    Bibliography

  • 2017 interviewed in channel 7 abc eyewitness news, January 12
  • 2012 Freak Wave Magazine N3
  • 2011 Four of my Paintings were featured on CBS NCIS-LA Television November Show
  • 2010 Reddoor magazine,
  • 2009 Browndwarf compendium magazines
  • 2009 Cultcrusher Magazine
  • 2008The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration
  • 2008 The Citizen, September
  • 2008 Legend Magazine, Issue 18
  • 2007 Juxtapoz Tuesday, 16 October 2007
  • 1995 Pilot News San Pedro
  • 1988Long Beach News, Vol 61 No 18

    Studied Under

    Daniel Greene, Albert Handell, Joseph Mendez and Jan Saether at Bruchion School

    Private Collections
  • List available upon request

    For Purchasing any of my Original Paintings, Giclees on Canvas or on Museum quality Fine Art Paper Signed and Numbered, and Drawings, feel free to Contact me, I Ship Anywhere in the World, Thanks for stopping by, peace & light :) Paul

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