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Meet Raúl de la Torre in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raúl de la Torre.

Raúl, 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 Barcelona. Moved to Los Angeles in 2003. I’m an Economist but since I move to LA I have been a full time artist. I attended Massana art school in my hometown. I’m married, my wife, Kristin, is from Chicago and we have a 12 year son, Nico. I’m an abstract artist. You can find my work in Galleries in LA, Oakland, NY, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, etc…

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, yes. The art world have up and downs. After the 2008 crisis I had 2-3 very tough years. When I first move here it was hard to adapt to the LA rhythm: driving all the time, the food, the lack of good public transportation and the absence of seasons. I still miss using real winter clothing.

Raúl de la Torre – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m an abstract painter. I work on mixed media. I’m always trying to find new ways to add texture to the canvas. The last 10 years most part of my works are a mix of acrylic and handmade embroidery. The latest series POEMES (POEMS) are an attempt to transform words into colors. All the works are based on poeme by Miquel Marti i Pol, a catalan poet; and Benjamin Fondaine a Rumanian-French poet that died in Auschwitz. Another pivotal point of my work is the constant exploration of color, trying to break the limits of possibility.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
LACAM Council used to have a program on their Art sales and Rental Gallery, having 4 shows a year with 3 artist per show. I was selected in 2010. It was a great feeling. I just finished a Small Library part of a project in collaboration with Mini and Saatchi Art to support Little Black Pearl, a public art school on the South side of Chicago. Very proud of have the chance to participate.


  • All my works have a selling range from $500 to $19000

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