Raul de la Torre

Raul de la Torre

Santa Monica, CA, United States

About Raul de la Torre

Barcelona - Catalunya (1964) Many painters create texture upon their canvases by building layer upon layer of paint; with each layer comes a greater sense of history and dimension within the work. Others using thickening agents to almost sculpt their paint, spreading it thickly upon their work’s surface for a subtle 3D effect. Artist Raul de la Torre has chosen a unique route to enrich his acrylic paintings with texture: embroidery. 
An abstract textile artist, de la Torre first chooses the colors he wishes to incorporate in the palette of the work he is about to embark upon. To him, the colors represent people, moments or feelings.
He paints with acrylic in various blocks of color interacting with one another, evolving a pattern upon his canvas. Sometimes he contains his paint within a clean border, other times he lets his blocks of color drip down the canvas or paper. Next, the artist begins his process of embroidery. De la Torre makes horizontal cuts on the canvas or paper and covers these open areas using cotton thread. 
This process of embroidering on canvas or paper adds both intrigue and a sense of depth to each unique work. De la Torre’s most recent body of works reflects a series of poems by a well known poet from Catalonia, de la Torre’s home country. An homage to both the poet and the creative process, de la Torre’s technique of embroidery is heart felt exploration. Just as a poet builds words to form metaphor or meaning, the artist builds texture through embroidery to form depth and character

Education

Raúl de la Torre (Barcelona-Catalonia 1964)

Born in Barcelona in 1964

Economist - Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Attended Massana Art School in Barcelona

Member of LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Council

Member of LAAA (Los Angeles Art Association)

Events

PAMELA WALSH GALLERY - GRAND "THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCALE" NOVEMBER 16TH- DECEMBER 31ST 2019.

Exhibitions

SOLO SHOWS

-THE OTHER ART FAIR – BROOKLYN – NOVEMBER 2017 - POEMES
-SPOTTE ART - NEW YORK - JANUARY/MARCH 2016 - THREADED POEMS
-MATTHEW RACHMAN GALLERY -CHICAGO - NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 -SHAPING MEMORY - Show with Christophe Gausparro
-PRESENTATION SEVEN NEW WORKS AT PETROSSIAN WEST HOLLYWOOD. DECEMBER 2014-JANUARY 2015
-FRESH PAINT - Culver City - November 2013- POEMS AND AFFIRMATIONS - Show with John Randall Nelson
-LAUNCH - Los Angeles - DEEP CUTS - January 14th- February 4th 2012
-CITY OF FONTANA - ART DEPOT - SOLO SHOW JULY - AUGUST 2010 - EXPERIMENTING THE COLOR
-LACMA -ART RENTAL SALES GALLERY- FILS I COLORS - SHOW APRIL 2010
-SEYHOUN GALLERY. W. Hollywood, CA. Solo show. FILS I COLORS. April-May 2009
-ARTHAUS 66 Gallery. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Solo Show CIUTATS. April 2009
-Bluebird Art House - Whittier - California (USA) Solo show - CIUTATS August 2008
-Bluebird Art House - Whittier- CA (USA) January 2007 Solo show, Vermell I negre
-Infusion Gallery -Los Angeles (USA) November 2006. Solo show - Mans i textures
-Assunta Fox Gallery - Santa Ana - CA (USA) May 2006. Solo show

GROUP SHOWS

-MERRITT GALLERY – BALTIMORE – JUNE-JULY 2018 – ALL-AMERICAN INSPIRED
-MICHELE MARIAUD GALLERY – THE BRIDGEHAMPTON MUSEUM, BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY – MARKET ART+DESIGN – JULY 5-8, 2018
-MERRITT GALLERY – BALTIMORE – MAY-JUNE 2018 – MAKING A STATEMENT
-THE OTHER ART FAIOR – BROOKLYN 2018 – NEW WORKS
-MICHAEL WARREN CONTEMPORARY – DENVER- APRIL-MAY 2018 – WEST COAST ARTIST
-MERRITT GALLERY – BALTIMORE – MARCH 2018 – SPRING LOOKBOOK EXHIBITION
-SAATCHI ART – SANTA MONICA – FEBRUARY 2018 – CONSTRUCTED
-MERRITT GALLERY – BALTIMORE – JANUARY 2018 – LOVE IS IN THE ART
-DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – 2017-18 – IT’S A COLORFUL WORLD
-THE PROJECT SPACE – NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2017 – OPEN STUDIO TOUR
-SLATE ART – DRIP N DRY SHOW – OAKLAND, CA – MARCH 2017
-FP CONTEMPORARY – SUMMER GROUP SHOW – CULVER CITY –JUNE 2016
-825 GALLERY - OUT THERE 2016 - WEST HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 2016
-ART PROJECT PAIA - LOVE IN COLOR - PAIA/MAUI, HI - DECEMBER/JANUARY 2016
-FP CONTEMPORARY - SUMMER GROUP SHOW - CULVER CITY -JUNE 2015
-OFF RAMP GALLERY- SAMPLED GROUP SHOW - PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY/MARCH 2015
-LA ART SHOW 2015- LOS ANGELES with ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE- JANUARY 2015
-RED DOT ART FAIR - MIAMI with ARSPACE WAREHOUSE - DECEMBER 2014
-TORONTO ART FAIR with ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE- TORONTO-CANADA- NOVEMBER 2014
-MICHAEL WARREN CONTEMPORARY- DENVER- COLORADO. DRIPS, DROPS , POURS AND SPINS. SHOW WITH QUINTIN GONZALEZ, WILLIAM LOVELESS, MELANIE ROTSCHILD AND RAUL DE LA TORRE. OCTOVER-NOVEMBER 2014.
-HOUSTON FINE ART FAIR with ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE - HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 2014
-FREE FORMS GROUP SHOW , FRESH PAINT AND LIVE STYLE STUDIO - SANTA MONICA -JULY-SEPTEMBER 2014
-FRESH PAINT ART - SUMMER SOLSTICE GROUP SHOW - CULVER CITY - JUNE-JULY 2014
-ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE - TRANSFORMING BOUNDARIES - LOS ANGELES - JUNE-JULY 2014
-825 GALLERY - OUT THERE, I DO - WEST HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 2014
-MICHAEL WARREN CONTEMPORARY GROUP SHOW - DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 2014
-LOVE ART FAIR - TORONTO (CANADA) - MAY 2014 with ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE.
-SNP GALLERY - LANGEWEILE - Michael Hayden, Raul de la Torre, Sandra Low, Camilla Bareiss - Curated by Nike Schroeder - ATWATER VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 2013
-FRESH PAINT - SUMMER SALON - GROUP SHOW - CULVER CITY, CA - JULY, AUGUST 2013
-POST - GEFLUSTER - NIKE SCHRODER , MELANIE ARON AND RAUL DE LA TORRE -LOS ANGELES -JULY 2013
-825 GALLERY - OUT THERE 2013 - WEST HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 2013
-MODERNISM- GROUP SHOW - BLUEPRINT GREEN GALLERY- PALM SPRINGS, CA - FEBRUARY 2013
-GALLERY Y - COLLABORATION OF CIRCLES AND LINES - BARBARA KOLO, DAVID JANG
AND RAUL DE LA TORRE- LOS ANGELES- JANUARY 2013
-825 GALLERY - OUT THERE 2012 - WEST HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 2012
-ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE - LAYERED WORKS -LOS ANGELES - JUNE-JULY 2012
-BRUCE LURIE GALLERY - WEST HOLLYWOOD - MAY 2012
-825 GALLERY - GEM 2012 - WEST HOLLYWOOD - April 2012
-BRUCE LURIE GALLERY- WEST HOLLYWOOD- GROUP SHOW- MARCH 2012
-LOS ANGELES ART SHOW 2012 - WORKS PRESENTED AT LAUNCH BOOTH - JANUARY 2012