As a world class musician, internationally recognized for his gift and talent, Tico Torres has over the past years expanded his artistic endeavors to the world of fine arts. His aspirations as a painter are as ambitious as those as Tico the musician. Compounded by his feelings that there are fewer limitations in the visual arts world, Torres says he has “the freedom to explore his feelings on canvas”.
Tico Torres has been developing his skills as a fine artist since childhood. His growing body of work continues to receive notice of collectors and the art press. Whether sketching while on tour with his band, Bon Jovi, or painting in his New Jersey studio or home in Florida, Tico’s inspiration comes from life experiences.
Born to Cuban parents, Torres lived in Varadero, Cuba, where he was surrounded by sights, sounds, history, and heritage. In his work, Tico delights in sharing the places that he has seen and the people that he has met. While viewing his paintings, ceramics and recently released works on paper, it is evident that they are influenced by his roots. Rich in color and texture, Torres’ paintings are in many ways reminiscent of the Expressionist styles of Bacon and Munch. The canvases have been lovingly and painstakingly created with the artist’s brush, palette knife, or in some instances, a found object that he has adapted to apply paint in a bold, new way.
Torres confronts his subject in a figurative, yet imaginative way. His canvases call out, demanding a closer inspection by the viewer. Torres’ fist exhibitions took place in New York City’s SoHo art district. His collection entitled “Lady Luck” was viewed by hundreds of collectors, as well as friends, family, colleagues and the press. The exhibition was a resounding success with over half the works represented sold at the opening. Since that time, Torres’ work has received positive, critical review resulting in important exhibitions, both national and international. Today, his work is represented all over the world in a number of public and private collections. Torres’ most recent focus has been on sculpture. The “Major’s Collection”, is a charitable sculpture project founded by Torres and includes life castings of professional golfer’s grips including Jack Nicolas, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Ernie Els and Seve Ballesteros. Grips of professional tennis champions including Guillermo Vilas, Johan Kriek, Mikael Pernfors, Gene Mayor, Henri EeConte, Tim Wilkinson, Murpln/ & Luke Jensen, Yannick Noah, Chris Evert, Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, and Wendy Turnbull are also included.
From his earlier works to his most recent works, including a startling, colorful mélange of lithographic works and ceramics, Torres’ contrasting styles demonstrate a fury of vast diversity of undeniable artistic achievement, indicating every element of a creative artist.