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, news, 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 and
frame of mind to the content of the work. Therefore one can fully develop a personal and unique
vision that people will hopefully look at for more than one minute. 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
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.
There are two kinds of artists in my book, the wrist artists which are mostly technically skilled and that
will produce work that will never stand out from the crowd. Then there are soul artists, which transcend
technique into a spiritual realm, a unique vision, which are the ones that get noticed, I've been called
the latter by my peers.
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 da. 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
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 hopefully my work can enrich people's lives in a positive way.
July 22, 2011
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|Wild Cool West, Oil on board, 24x48
|"After Hours Party:live music+live art+mime" , Oil, acrylic
on wood, 24x48 in.
|"All girls night out 7", Oil on panel, 24x48 in
|Siren, Oil on board, 16x20,
|Calling ,Oil on board, 22x26
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 for 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 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
|Paintings On Exhibit
At The 423 West Gallery
|Sirens 2, Oil on board, 22x26
|Bad Signal, Oil on board, 12x16,
|"Notrica 32nd Street Market", Oil on canvas, 50x70 in
|Manifest Destiny, Oil on board, 22x26