RAÚL DE LA TORRE

Poemes LXXXIX (detail), 2019, acrylic and embroidery on canvas, 40 x 60 in.

Born in Barcelona, Raúl was steeped in the cultural and artistic traditions of the great Catalan artists from a young age. Influenced by Joan Miró’s passionate cry, “I want to assassinate painting!,” Raúl turned to unconventional techniques and materials in the creation of his art. A painter and creator of forms, Raúl counters the aggressive act of cutting open his painted canvases by repairing them with delicate embroidery. Inspired by poetry and music, his colorful, elaborate artworks fool the eye, and are a pleasure to behold.

“I have chosen a unique route to enrich my paintings with texture – embroidery. Just as a poet builds his words to form metaphor or meaning, I build texture through embroidery to form depth and character. I choose the colors I wish to incorporate in the palette of the work I’m embarking upon. To me, the colors represent people, moments or feelings.”

De la Torre studied at the Escola Massana in Barcelona which is renowned for its symbiotic, inter-disciplinary curriculum marrying both art and design. After his studies, Raul spent time working in the studio of Antoni Tapies, who’s pintura materica method of incorporating non-artistic materials into his paintings is now considered an important contribution to modern art.

Raúl later moved to London, then New York and has now settled in Los Angeles.  He is a member of the LACMA Arts Council and is actively involved in the burgeoning LA art scene. 

CURRICULUM VITAE 

1974          b. Barcelona, Spain

Lives/works in Los Angeles

 

EDUCATION

Universität de Barcelona, London School of Economics

Master’s in marketing, Direction by ESMA Barcelona

The Escola Massana, Art and Design Centre, Barcelona, Spain

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016          Spotte Art, Threaded Poems, New York, NY

2015          Matthew Rachman Gallery, Shaping Memory, Chicago, IL

                  Petrossian, Presentation of Seven New Works, West Hollywood, CA

2013          Fresh Paint, Poems and Affirmations, Culver City, CA
2012          Launch, Deep Cuts, Los Angeles, CA
2010          City of Fontana/Art Depot, Experimenting with Color, Fontana, CA

                  LACMA Art Rental Sales Gallery, Fils I Colors, Los Angeles, CA

2009          Seyhoun Gallery, Fils I Colors, West Hollywood, CA

                  Arthaus 66 Gallery, Ciutats, Albuquerque, NM

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS • ART FAIRS

2019          Pamela Walsh Gallery, GRAND: The Significance of Scale, Palo Alto, CA,

                  The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY
                  Julio Valdez Project Space, Invitational Exhibition, NY
                  Art Project PAIA, Point and Line to Plane, Maui, HI
                  Merritt Gallery, Be Bold, Baltimore, MD
                  Julio Valdez Project Space, Art on Paper, NY, NY
                  Merritt Gallery, Unexpected Splendor, Baltimore, MD
2018          The Other Art Fair, New Works, Brooklyn, NY

                  The Other Art Fair, New Works, Santa Monica, CA

                  Building Bridges Gallery, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Santa Monica, CA

                  Merritt Gallery, All-American Inspired, Baltimore, MD

                  Michele Mariaud Gallery/The Bridgehampton Museum, Market Art+Design, Bridgehampton, NY

                  Merritt Gallery, Making a Statement, Baltimore, MD

                  The Other Art Fair, New Works, Brooklyn, NY

                  Michael Warren Contemporary, West Coast Artists, Denver, CO

                  Merritt Gallery, Spring Lookbook Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

                  Saatchi Art, Constructed, Santa Monica, CA

                  Merritt Gallery, Love is in the Art, Baltimore, MD

2017/18     Denver International Airport, It’s a Colorful World, Denver, CO

2017          The Project Space, Open Studio Tour, New York, NY                 

                  The Other Art Fair, Poemes, Brooklyn, NY

                  Slate Art, DripnDry Show, Oakland, CA

2016          FP Contemporary, Summer Group Show, Culver City, CA

                  825 Gallery, Out There 2016, West Hollywood, CA

                  Art Project PAIA, Love in Color, Maui, HI

2015          FP Contemporary, Summer Group Show, Culver City, Ca
                  Off Ramp Gallery, Sampled, Pasadena, CA 
                  Artspace Warehouse, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2014          Artspace Warehouse, Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL
                  Artspace Warehouse, Toronto Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
                  Michael Warren Contemporary, Drips, Drops, Pours and Spins, Denver, CO
                  Artspace Warehouse, Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
                  Fresh Paint and Lifestyle Studio, Free Forms, Santa Monica, CA
                  Fresh Paint Art, Summer Solstice, Culver City, CA
 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS • PUBLIC PROJECTS

Four Season Hotel, Al Maryah Island, United Arab Emirates
Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
Morgan Stanley, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters, 1585 Broadway, New York, NY

Tropicana Las Vegas Casino and Resort, Las Vegas, NV
Sr. Enrique Serrato, Los Angeles, CA

The Rothschild Family, London, England

J Crew, New York, NY

Mr. Charles Lane, Santa Monica, CA

City of Fontana, Bernardino County, CA

The Star Casino and Hotel, Sidney, Australia

Casino M8trix, San Jose, CA