30 years Learning about Art and life.  

A little summary of the things
I did the last 30 years of my life.


HOW HAVE YOU ENDED UP DOING THIS?
1989


I was born in 1989, in Gijón, Spain.
I grew up painting, studied fine arts in Cuenca, Spain, and finished my studies at the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan, Italy.

I made drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations since 2010. At that time, I was discovered by Rafael Doctor (Cultural Manager and Art Historian) who was the director of MUSAC. I exhibited my work at commercial galleries, as well as at some group exhibitions, while I was pursuing my degree.

After completing my studies, I started connecting with the fashion world. I started to work for Zara in 2015 and I am currently doing image contents for Zara.com and Social Media. I live and work in La Coruña, but I travel very often around the world.


“ In an artist’s first solo exhibition it is possible to definitively confirm which are the coordinates that will determine his future. This is Nacho Torra’s first solo show and what we are going to find in is an extremely rich pictorialbackground with an iconography that builds difficult-to-read but possible scenes.

Nacho Torra has an obsessive way of giving life to his paintings. He paints and repaints, giving as a result scenes supported by a secret world that hides great tension and is directly related
to the basic constructive keys of surrealism. What we see is always much more than what we see.
Each one of the paintings is a short story told beyond its linearity and rationality. We are in the presence of a scene, a stage, a support and a representation… we are in the presence of painting in its pure state trying to build a new and possible universe.”

RAFAEL DOCTOR,
2010


I was born in 1989, in Gijón, Spain.
I grew up painting, studied fine arts in Cuenca, Spain, and finished my studies at the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan, Italy.

I made drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installations since 2010. At that time, I was “discovered” by Rafael Doctor
(Cultural Manager and Art Historian) who was the director of MUSAC. I exhibited my work at commercial galleries, as well as at some group exhibitions, while I was pursuing my degree.

After completing my studies, I started connecting with the fashion world. I began working for Fashion in 2015 and I am currently doing image contents for Fashion world. I live and work in La Coruña, but I travel very often around the world.

After my last individual show in 2017 in Madrid, I decided to create a space for working by my self more relaxed
The objetive for this project is mix my Art experience
with the Fashion industry.

That’s why I create Maison du Peintre, A private place to work in my personal work and a platform to launch diferent projects.


MAISON du PEINTRE


will launch the 
01.06.19
That day I will be 30 years old.



• 2017 Enjoy this fleeting light, solo show in La Fresh Gallery Madrid.

• 2015 We all have good tast , TUB GALLERY Miami.

• 2014 A ray of Light , Feria ArteBA Buenos Aires, Argentina.

• 2014 Volcán, Room Art Fair , La Fresh Gallery Madrid.

• 2014 Participation in “Room Art Fair” Comtemporary Art Fair in Madrid Spain.

• 2014 “BIG”. Group exhibition. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2013 “Marca España”. Group exhibition. European Creative Center ECC, Berlin.

• 2013 “Eclipse”. Editorial project. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2013 “Bring me flowers while I’m not dead”. Solo exhibition. GaleríaAdriana Suárez, Gijón Spain.

• 2012 “Synchronicity”. Group exhibition. Espacio Continuo Gallery, Badajoz Spain.

• 2012 “Bring me flowers while I’m not dead”. Solo exhibition. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2012 “Out there”. Group exhibition. MUCA Roma, Mexico D.F.

• 2012 “Androméstico”. Group exhibition within the project “a3bandas”. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2011 Participation in “Feriarte”, Contemporary Art Fair in Oviedo Spain.

• 2011 “Container inside”. Group exhibition. Ciudad de la Cultura, Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

• 2011 “A big family”. Group exhibition. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2011 “Din a 3”. Group exhibition. Art&Design, Barcelona.

• 2011 “Making way for monsters and angels”. Solo exhibition. Galería Alegría, Barcelona.

• 2010 “Making way for monsters and angels”. Solo exhibition. La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

• 2010 “Senescence”. Publication for Ediciones Puré, Madrid.


AWARDS

• 2014 Classified for the Short List of the Griffin Art Prize Iberia, London.

• 2013 Classified for the Young Painter Awards of Gijón (Spain).

• 2013 Classified for the XLIV National Arts Contest of Luarca (Spain).


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

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“ When Nacho Torra made his first solo exhibition, he was hardly 20 years old and was still studying in the Faculty of Arts of Cuenca. He showed in La Fresh Gallery (Madrid) his paintings
full of joy, his nimble lines and his uncompleted stories – scenes which evoked something old, but which were very young indeed. Two years later, the Spanish artist comes back to La Fresh Gallery to show his new work – more than 40 paintings, through which he reflects on one of
the most essential aspects of the still life genre: flower painting. A genre represented throughout history by artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Hockney or Henri Rousseau, which served as a reference and starting point for the artist. In Nacho Torra’s work there’s something secretly contradictory. It is evidenced in this exhibition called “Bring me flowers while I’m not dead” in which he creates an obsessively changing movement through determined strokes and bright colors – he paints and repaints, removing and adding new elements once and again, his paintings only static when watched by
the observers. Nacho is obsessed with the creative process and the way a painting is built. And it is precisely this experience what he wants to share. This is the reason why his exhibition is the result of a research process about all kinds of plants and vegetation, in particular about the
flowers brought to cemeteries. “I was interested in how we bring flowers to people who are sick or dead, and the fact that flowers have a very short life. I started to visit cemeteries to
observe the flowers that people brought to their relatives and I noticed there is a ‘cemetery fauna’: ants, butterflies, worms, flies…”
This time, he has gone further – not only he represents it on his paintings, but also he has created a dichotomy between the connotations of bringing flowers to a lifeless place and the way he represents these flowers, so vital. The flowers represented on this series are not dying,
they are full of life. Through this work, he has established a direct connection between life and death. You can feel the autobiographic elements on each of the paintings and a system of affective symbols behind the floral motifs. Nacho Torra’s style is related to the avant-garde aesthetic and his childish lines remind the Compagnie de l’Art Brut and Jean Dubuffet’s painting. Once again, as Rafael Doctor said about these silent stories:


“What we see is always much more than what we see”



TANIA PARDO, 2012





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