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Meet Vivian Torres

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vivian Torres.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Vivian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. Typically, I’d draw anything I saw that interested me or that I saw on a regular basis (ex. my bedroom, furniture, strange objects around the house, and cartoon characters I’d watch on tv). I followed this system of observational drawing into my first years of my undergraduate degree. After I took a color theory class at CSULB, my work shifted abruptly to what it is now. Although I still start from observation, my paintings are deeply informed by color, emotion, and organic forms-as opposed to a direct representation of physical objects. Working abstractly has broadened my perspective on art and its infinite possibilities. Overall, I just love working with my hands. I have started to experiment with textile dyeing and weaving in addition to drawing and painting, and I can’t wait to see where my work goes with that.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being an artist in this day in age definitely has its challenges. Deciding who you are as an artist and if you are successfully representing yourself through your work is a daily struggle. In addition to this, financially supporting an art career is one of the most difficult parts about this path. Materials cost money, a space to work costs money, and education in art costs money. It was often difficult to find ways to buy new paint or canvases-not to mention finding a places to store it all away. There are plenty of failures tied to being a painter, but the passion to create something emotionally charged is what drives me to continue.

Please tell us more about your art.
I specialize in acrylic painting mostly. However, I definitely enjoy working with plenty of other materials such as watercolor, oil paint, charcoal, cotton thread, and pastels. Acrylic paints are easy to work with and dry flat rather than glossy, which I like for my paintings specifically. Although there are many things that influence my work, my paintings typically revolve around the female body and textiles/fabrics. I like seeing the physical interaction of these two subjects and using those strange fluid forms and folds as starting points for my compositions before they morph into something less recognizable.

People who enjoy my work say they enjoy the way I work with color. I’d agree that it’s the most enjoyable part of the process. Discovering what colors to overlap, to place next to, or to accentuate a shape is difficult, yet rewarding. Those moments in my paintings are what make them interesting to look at. Abstracting the forms through the use of color allows the viewer to interpret what they see in their own way and by their own experiences. This is a main goal of mine in my work-to emit an emotional response with my audience that they can remember.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
During COVID-19 era, it’s important to utilize this time to paint, create, and regroup mentally. Art shows have changed- of course- but they are adapting to the times. I’d love to be apart of upcoming virtual art shows, as well as, take this time to dive deeper into fiber arts in order to merge these art practices. As soon as the pandemic permits, I’d love to do collaborations with more artists to challenge myself and learn from them. I want to continue learning and expanding in any way possible in order to share my art with my communities.

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Gene Ogami

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