About

 Was born in 1989, Gijón, Spain. 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. Discovered by Rafael Doctor (Cultural Manager and Art Historian). Exhibits my work at commercial galleries, as well as some group exhibitions while pursuing my degree. After completing my studies I start connecting with fashion world. Actually i work for Zara doing image contents for Zara.com and Social Media ( since 2015 ) I live and work in La Coruña, but i keep traveling very often around the world. At this moment im finishing a solo project in my studio in Coruña, this project will be Launch the 02 november 2017 , at La Fresh Gallery, Madrid.

Portraits Genre paintings, Landscapes, Animals, Still lifes, Always trying to generate a new and unique image that captures a personal vision of what surrounds me.

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 Rosseau, 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 

 

CV

EDUCATION

2008-2013

Degree in Fine Arts University of Castilla la Mancha, Cuenca, SPAIN.

2011-2012

Fourth year of the degree at theArts Academy Pinacoteca of Brera, Milán, ITALIA.

2007

High school studies in arts at the Univeristy Laboral Gijón, SPAIN.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

“ENJOY THIS FLEETING LIGHT “,  La fresh Gallery,

Madrid, SPAIN.

2013

“Bring me flowers while im not dead“,  Adriana Suarez Gallery,
Gijón, SPAIN.

2012

“Bring me flowers while im not dead“, La Fresh Gallery,
Madrid, SPAIN.

2011

“Making way for monsters and angels“, Galería Alegría,
Barcelona, SPAIN.

2010

“Making way for monsters and angels“, La Fresh Gallery,
Madrid, SPAIN

AWARDS

2016

Selected at XLIV National Art prize from Luarca Spain.

2014

Classified for the short list of the Griffin Art Prize Iberia, London.

2013

Selected at XLIV National Art prize from Luarca Spain.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

”Animalista , representación , violencias , respuesta“, Curated by Rafael Doctor At La Casa ecendida,
Madrid, SPAIN.

2015

”We all have good taste “, Tub Gallery,
Miami, USA.

2014

”BIG“, La Fresh Gallery,
Madrid, SPAIN.

2013

Eclipse
100 copies
La Fresh Gallery
Madrid, SPAIN.

2013

“Marca España“, European creative Center ECC,
Berlín, GERMANY

2012

“Out there“ MUCA roma,
Mexico Df. MEXICO.

2012

“Androméstico“,La Fresh Gallery,
Madrid, SPAIN.

2011

Din a 3
Art&Desing
Barcelona, SPAIN.

2011

“Container inside“,
Ciudad de la Cultura,
Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN.

2011

“A Big Family“,La Fresh Gallery,
Madrid, SPAIN.

ART FAIRS

2014

ArteBA 
Contemporary Art Fair with La Fresh Gallery, Buenos Aires.

2011

Just Madrid 
Contemporary Art Fair with La Fresh Gallery, Madrid .

2011

Feriarte Oviedo
Contemporary Art Fair with Gallery Adriana Suarez, Oviedo

RESIDENCE PROGRAMS

2011

“Encontro Artistas Novos”
Ciudad de la Cultura,
Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN.

PUBLICATIONS

2013

Eclipse
100 copies
La Fresh Gallery
Madrid

2010

Senescence
Editions puré 
100 copies
Madrid

ABOUT MY WORK

• 00

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 it is an extremely rich pictorial background with an iconography that builds difficult-toread 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

“Making way for monsters and angels”

• 01

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 Rosseau, 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

“Bring me flowers while I’m not dead”

• 02

To whom it may concern,

The aim of this letter is to recommend Juan Ignacio Torra Álvarez, who completed his academic and artistic training in the Faculty of Arts of Cuenca, University of Castilla-La Mancha. As a professor of this University, I was able to follow his progress during the years he spent here and in particular in the subject I teach: “Idea, concept and process”.

Juan Ignacio was a very active and talented student who showed great interest for his intellectual and artistic growth. He has an intense curiosity which encouraged him to come to my office looking for dialogue and information. He frequently invited me to see and discuss his projects, some of which were shown in the exhibition room of the Faculty.

Juan Ignacio has chosen painting as his form of expression. He has already shown his work in important exhibitions and his line of research on painting is very personal and solid. I also appreciate his creative talent and his work capacity. I find it difficult to think of a young artist so well prepared to make the best of any opportunity. I sincerely believe that any support he receives is justified and it will mean a real incitement for his personal and artistic growth. I hope you appreciate his hard work and effort as much as I do and you can give him an opportunity.

Below you will find some brief information about my career.

Yours sincerely,

Armando Montesinos Blanco

2013
Madrid 

• 03

Dear colleagues,

Juan Ignacio Torra was a student in the Faculty of Arts of Cuenca (University of Castilla-La Mancha), between 2008 and 2013. During this period, he was one of the most outstanding students of the Faculty, both for his artistic work and for his ability to organize and promote a great number of activities. He ran exhibitions, publications and other artistic events which I had the opportunity to attend as a professor of the Faculty.

For the last years, I have kept a close eye on his career as an artist, which is one of the most interesting of the youngest generation. He has worked on the fields of painting and drawing and his work has been frequently shown in collective and solo exhibitions.

I consider him as an artist with a great talent and I am sure he has the abilities and determination needed to develop his talent in any field he intends to.

Yours sincerely,

Óscar Martínez Martín

2014

Professor in the Arts Department of the Faculty of Arts of Cuenca (UCLM).

• 04

Dear Sir or Madam,

Juan Ignacio Torra has recently finished his studies in the Faculty of Arts of Cuenca and he is already one of the bright hopes of Spanish young painting. As you can see in his curriculum, he has already shown his work in prominent solo exhibitions.

He opts for figurative painting from which he poses a reflection about the reasons behind worldly things, a procedure which puts his talent in connection with a series of Spanish artists that have grown in this tradition.

I hope you consider his application and you find his work as interesting as I do.

If there is any information I can personally give you, please don’t hesitate to contact me .

Yours sincerely,

Rafael Doctor Roncero

2014

Curator.

Madrid

• 05

Eclipse is the name of the first editorial project of the artist Nacho Torra. Unlike the individual and close exhibitions in galleries, this project proposes since the beginning an open plan developed in group. Eclipse finds the essential creative and constructive resources through the dialogue and contact with other authors. The idea perfectly involves the essence of the present – it brings together very different elements and contents under such an actual value as the “shared work” is, something closely related to the ludic element of learning by contact.

The project is invaded by the viral nature of the curatorial labor that is nowadays present everywhere. Despite being essentially an artist for his background and vocation, this time Torra also assumes the role of curator, working as a multifunctional agent.

The editorial result can be considered a screenshot of Madrid’s current creative scene, although uncompleted and subjective. It is made up of the works by different authors chosen by him, because of his admiration or their proximity. The final work is the result of bringing together the forms of creative expression coexisting in Madrid, where there is place for different disciplines and generations.

The plan’s aim is to unleash an enriching contamination of the results, presented in pairs – two authors for two versions. Each pair is made by an A side and a B side, one in color and the other one in black and white. Eclipse – the term that gives name to the project – means, according to Torra, “abandon” and “disappearance”, applied to the action that is executed by each collaborator. Because working in pairs allows them to redefine their position as “author” and to “cover” the uniqueness, doubling the strength of the work and generating something new – an eclipse.

The creative plan is performed by 21 collaborators. It is always put into practice following similar steps. The collaborator is invited to make a piece starting from the idea of “eclipse” but he’s given total freedom on how to approach and treat it. Then, Torra receives the piece and contributes to it by adding new elements, modifying or altering it.

Cristina Anglada

2014

Curator.

• 06

To whom it may concern,

For the last years, I’ve been closely following Juan Ignacio Torra’s artistic career, perceiving his evolution and the development that is work has experienced.

Analyzing his academic background and his work evolution under artistic criteria, he can be considered one of the young Spanish artists with more impact of the last years. This is demonstrated through his participation in both collective and solo exhibitions in galleries, national and international institutions.

His work’s conceptual basis is painting, but it also involves photography, video, installations and drawing as part of the process of investigation on pictorial practice.

For all these reasons, I want to support his effort and reputation through this letter, as he is an artist who states his high level of commitment with art through his work.

Yours sincerely,

Tania Pardo

2014

Curator.

Madrid