Born in Gijón, Spain 01.06.89 . I grew up painting, studied Fine Arts in Cuenca, and I finished my studies at the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Milan, Italy.
I made drawings, paintings, sculptures and installations since 2010. At that time, I was discovered by Rafael Doctor
( cultural manager and art historian ) who was the director of MUSAC. I exhibited my work in commercial galleries, as well as in some collective exhibitions around the world, while I was studying.
After completing my studies, I began to connect with the world of fashion by accident. Randomly I started working for Zara in 2015, and after a year as an accessories designer, I started traveling very often all over the world to create image and audiovisual content for the brand.
I am currently directing content projects for them, but I also work for other creative projects with fashion magazines such as Self Service or high fashion brands as LANVIN o LA BOUCHE ROUGE. After almost 5 years out of the art world focused on fashion, I wanted to start a new project related to painting, but outside the circuit of art galleries... and that is how was born MAISON du PEINTRE.
I started this project the 01.06.19 on my 30’s birthday as the end of a period and the beginning of a new way of presenting my projects ... MduP is a workshop with which many painters would often dream. A quiet and pleasant place for creation, benefiting from exposure to natural light with the seaport in sight.
• 01 In an artist’s first solo exhibition it is possible to definitively confirm which are the coordinate that will determine his future. This is Nacho Torra’s first solo show and what we are going to find in is an extremely rich pictorial background with an iconography that builds difficult-to-read 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
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 Rousseau, 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-gard aesthetic and his childish lines remind the Compagnie de l’Art Brut and Jean Dubuffet’ painting. Once again, as Rafael Doctor said about these silent stories: “What we see is always much more than what we see”.