Emanuel Torres (Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, 1988) creates abstract compositions where color is the main expression. During his residency in Italy (2015-2017) Torres started experimenting with pigments and found the power of color as an essential element of expression.
After being awarded with the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2018, Torres worked on a project that had been on his mind for some time. Inspired by Francisco Matos Paoli’s poem “Soy un rio oscuro” the exhibition “Rio en la mano” materializes and opens at the Art and Design Museum in Miramar, Puerto Rico, in June 2019.
The exhibition invites the viewer to freely navigate through flowing forms full of color. Some of these forms reveal elements from Taino, Maya, Aztec and Phoenicians cultures usually enhancing symbols of fertility and sexuality.
Music and Poetry are a constant source of inspiration in the work of Emanuel Torres. As a result, rhythm constantly emanates from each composition, accompanying the viewers while they immerse themselves in the activity of deciphering these colorful shapes
Emanuel Torres studied at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Philosophy. He also studied at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey, where he continued his studies in Video Art, Installation and Performance.
He has had several solo shows in Puerto Rico, Japan, San Francisco and Florida.
In the year 2018 Torres was awarded with the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.