Alexi Torres Biography
Alexi’s work reconstructs iconic images that represent both classic and modern times from all branches of human development, including the arts, politics, science, education and military. By changing the context and integrity of the initial forms into ecological, fragile, ephemeral and natural elements; in this case, leaves and weaving, Alexi challenges the meaning of Icon.
Basic earthly elements are natural and readily available. These elements are sincere, yet complex in their simplicity. The intricate patterns and details in the paintings are necessary to show the fulfillment that we find in basic organic elements. Remaking classic images, such as an historic moment or icon that is well- known, while changing the whole concept, transmits a fresh and direct message– to be as human and more interconnected as one, weaving ourselves to create forms in all kinds of designs, Alexi moderates and softens the movement and actions of violence, making casual images in a unique peaceful piece.
Alexi still finds himself in each painting and is aware of creating a necessary message; which is to be conscious of living, critical thinking, and feeling art. By experiencing new responsibilities, Alexi world-view has changed. He sees the earth and all it’s life forms integrated as one. It is inspired by wisdom and philosophy throughout the ages, projecting into the future.
“My works are an answer to my appreciation of humanity’s needs. Individual’s positive actions become collective achievement. Understanding this, I use the canvas platform to offer my vision of a spiritual healing. I reconstruct iconic images that represent both classic and modern times from all branches of human development; arts, politics, science, sports, education, military among others. I do this by changing the context of the initial forms into ecological, fragile, ephemeral and natural elements; leaves, weaving, feathers and other elements formed in nature. With each element carefully constructed, I create a new image.
Experiencing new responsibilities with my surroundings, my world-view change and the target of my works with it, I see Earth and all its life forms integrated as one. It is inspired by wisdom and philosophy throughout the ages, projecting into the future.
These basic, earthly elements are readily available. The intricate patterns and details in the paintings show the fulfillment that we find in basic organic elements; on how we are all interconnected with each other and with nature, in a spiritual and physical level. We need each other to evolve positively. The past influences the present and the present influences the future. I used universal laws in the realization process of my works; I build the stretcher, stretch and prime the canvas, then start and finish each work on the waning moon. This is like my father and his ancestors have done in their harvesting. It is my way of planting an idea and completing it, working with the universal forces and laws, applying it to each painting.
The paintings act in the viewers’ consciences, creating a reflection in the way in which people absorb my works. Remaking classic images, such as an historic moment, a building or an icon that is well known, while changing the concept, becomes a proposal to society of how to see established ideas in a new way. It softens and spiritualizes the original image, giving you a fresh and possible new perception of live, and a better self.”-Alexi Torres
ONE, Marietta Cobb Museum Of Art, Marietta, GA, USA Positive Thoughts, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA
Harvest of a Waning Moon, Unix Gallery, Chelsea, NY, USA Southern Voices, Hoover Library, Hoover, AL, USA
Icons, Unix Gallery, Miami, FL, USA 2011
Weaving Ephemeral Elements, Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN,USA 2004
Capitolio, Diaz Company Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Protegiendome, Provincial Center of Visual Arts, Matanzas, Cuba Estribos Provincial Center of Visual Arts, Matanzas, Cuba
Alarma, Provincial Center of Visual Arts, Matanzas, Cuba 2001
Camiones Viejos, Gallery Arenas Doradas, Varadero, Cuba Group Exhibitions:
Red Dot Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Houston Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Art Hamptons, Evan Lurie Gallery, NY, USA
Suite Works, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Georgia, USA
Palm Spring Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, CA, USA
Art Wynwood, Unix Gallery, FL, USA
Palm Beach Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
MIA (Miami International Art Fair), Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Conrad Miami, Unix Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Art Miami, Unix Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
Scope Miami Beach, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA Houston Fine Art Fair, Unix Gallery, Houston, TX, USA Art Aspen, by Unix Gallery, Aspen, CO, USA
Art Hamptons, Evan Lurie Gallery, NY, USA
Deutsch Museum, Belmount Sur Lausanne. Switzerland A Matter Of Time, Belair Fine Art. Geneva, Switzerland Art Palm Beach Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA Art Wynwood, Featured by Unix Gallery.
New Work from Alexi Torres and Luis Sanchez”. Evan Lurie Gallery. San Francisco Fine Art Fair, Featured by Evan Lurie Gallery
Young Talents from Atlanta” Rush Gallery, NY, USA
Refresh, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta,GA., USA
Terra, Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA, USA Timothy Tew’s Top 25, Atlanta, GA, USA
International Summer Group Show, Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Noted Museums/Permanent Collections:
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA. Hoover Public Library, Santa Cruz, CA.
Museum of Art, Mattanzas, Cuba.
Will Smith, Los Angeles, CA.
Ruth Bennett, Queensland, Australia.
Michael & Julie Mills, Denver CO.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Atlanta GA. Besharat Contemporary, Atlanta GA.
Trijicon inc, VA.
Law & Moran, Atlanta GA.
Cover if MIA Art Fair 2013 Ripley’s Believe It or Not American Art Collector Huffington Post
Colossal Art and Design
Daily Mail UK
La Aurora Magazine Juztapoz