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Meet Diego Felipe Torres

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diego Felipe Torres.

Diego Felipe, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in New York to Colombian parents in 1989. I was raised in Bogota and South Florida and went on to graduate from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2012. I moved to Los Angeles in 2019.

Growing up, I was exposed to my mother and sister making ceramics, paintings, tapestries, murals, and paper-mache sculptures and knew early on that I had the artistic vein in me; from my father and brother I got exposed to the business and technological side of things. Thanks to my family I was also fortunate to be exposed to a wide range of musical genres and to travel around the world early on in my life, which still influences my work to this day.

In my studio practice, I work in different media and styles using traditional and digital drawing, painting, mixed-media collage, printmaking, photography, sound, and multimedia graphic design. My work is inspired by Expressionism, Symbolism, Surrealism, and postpunk.

Now as a professional artist, I have worked for various clients as a studio and gallery assistant, freelance illustrator and graphic designer, office assistant, and event ambassador. I have also interned at The New Yorker in 2011 and Norton Museum of Art in 2006. And participated in artist residencies at the Bogong Centre in Australia in 2016 and Julio Valdez Printmaking Studio in 2014.

My artwork has been commissioned by The New York Times, CITYMD, Datlook, Mouth Agency, The Indy newspaper, The Deal magazine, and W42ST magazine. It has also been featured in the American Illustration and Latin American annuals and received awards from AIGA Worldstudio and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say that without a manager, agency, or sponsorship, I constantly have to be on the lookout for creative opportunities, which can be exciting at times but also challenging and scary.

Please tell us more about your art.
The purpose of my career is to visually and conceptually assist anyone who needs an outlet or creative help. It brings me joy to help others find themselves in my art whether it be for healing purposes or entertainment. My confidence lies in my art-making and I firmly believe that I have a strong eye. I love drawing and painting faces and figures, mixing and matching paper cutouts to create new environments, creating record covers, posters, logos, and book covers by experimenting with different media.

My artwork is available for sale and I am available for hire. I would like to exhibit more and find new clients, collaborators, and collectors.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like the most about LA is the diversity of culture, the variety of plants, and the Southern California climate and coastline. What saddens me the most is the cost of living, the lack of cleanliness in some parts of the city, a limited subway structure, and the homeless crisis.

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