Q&A with Spanish Photorealist Painter Bernardo Torrens

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Bernardo Torrens, The Last Sun Ray, 2010 , acrylic on wood, 78.75 x 45.75″, Courtesy the artist

 

Bernardo Torrens
Lives in: MADRID, SPAIN
Dealer: Bernaducci Meisel Gallery, NYC

Artist’s statement: 
My work is about the human being. The deepest part of the human being. Any of my subjects tries to be the representation of the Humanity. Also in some cases they pretend to be the representation of a group of all people. My work is also deeply connected with my life and circumstances. Weight, intensity, sincerity, reflection are key words to describe my work. Beauty in all its meaning it is also a constant research. Technique, virtuosity, etc, etc, are only tools, not the goal. There is something else. It should be. If not… it is only “fireworks”.

MV – Favourite cultural centre(s)/ museum(s): 
MUSEO DEL PRADO, NATIONAL GALLERY, HERMITAGE, REINA SOFIA, MACBA, MOMA, GUGGENHEIM BILBAO, LOUVRE… just to mention a few.

MV – Your most aesthetically (sensual/ spiritual/ intellectual) inspired experience: 
The first time I saw Michelangelo’s David when I was 15 years old.

MV – Art (books, movie, exhibition, museum, etc) wish list: 
At the present, I want to see Leonardo’s show in London.

MV – Most inspiring city: 
I can’t say inspiring but I like NYC very much. It is one of the few cities I would like to live in for a while.

MV – Most influential – person, character, artist, filmmaker, writer, etc: 
My art teacher in primary school, D. Anto  (Don Anto).

MV – Most challenging aspect of working in the entertainment/ art world (& its institutions):
Make your living selling your own paintings.

MV – Most gratifying aspect of being a part of the entertainment/ art world (& its institutions): 
When someone connects with/understands/appreciates your work.

MV – Always carry with you… - 
iPhone (camera, music, internet…)

MV – What are arts patrons’ (including film investors or collectors) responsibilities, if any? 
Keep buying, investing, collecting, promoting…

MV – What are artists’ responsibilities to their art or(?) to society, if any?
Be honest.

MV – (Your own addition…) 
Inspiration is for amateurs (Chuck Close).
Party is over, let’s work (Me)

 

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