“My painting typically depicts scenes from nature and my sculptures most often interpret the simple, clean lines of wooden ships. Since I was a teenager, I’ve carved wooden boats. I would go to street fairs in New York and try to sell them. I was always making toys and working with wood. My aesthetic sensibility is one of essential simplicity and natural, uncontrived beauty.” — AT
Torres was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1962. “I grew up in this wonderful house that my father built, two blocks from my grandfather’s house.“ His father, Horacio Torres, was an accomplished, classically-trained artist, and his grandfather was the acclaimed modernist artist, Joaquin Torres-Garcia. Torres, who was raised in New York City from his teens, began his artistic training in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied for several years with his uncle, Augusto Torres, another classically trained painter in the family. Torres has shown in group exhibits throughout the East End. He currently works and resides in East Hampton, New York.
rotating exhibit of current & recently sold sculpture
AURELIO TORRES speaks to folioeast’s COCO MYERS
CM/ WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU PRIMARILY USE?
AT/ Oil paints, found materials, reclaimed lumber. Materials I come across drive my compositions. I look to combine complementary textures.
CM/ WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
AT/ I am inspired by the incredible beauty of our landscape, the power of the sea, the air and what they mean to me.
CM/ WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE EAST END? AND WHEN?
AT/ Initially, affordable artist's space, but the strong artist community, beautiful landscape and connections with people have kept me here.
CM/ IS THERE A SEASON THAT IS THE MOST CREATIVE TIME FOR YOU?
AT/ The quietness of fall is my favorite time, but I am most creative throughout the warm weather months.
rotating exhibit of current & recently sold painting