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Bernardo Torrens  Madrid, Spain

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About Bernardo

Bernardo Torrens was born in Madrid in 1957. In spite of the fact that he is virtually self-taught, he is a master painter, and can be securely positioned in the tradition of Spanish realism from the seventeenth century to the present. He is also a master of his medium, the airbrush, achieving nuances of color and surface texture that are remarkable, even for this much-touted tool of the twentieth-century “superrealists.”

In Torrens”s work one recognizes both the heightened reality and gravitas that are hallmarks of Spanish realism. The canon was set in the seventeenth century by artists such as Zurbarán, Ribera, Sánchez Cotán, and Velázquez. In general, the seventeenth century represented a moment of expansion of artistic vision in Europe, under the aegis of the baroque and with the introduction of new categories of representation. The painter”s canvas was made to carry more information ” panoramic landscapes, overflowing banquet tables, complex interior settings described with all the appropriate trappings, hosts of angels, saints, and heroes depicted in epic narratives. But the Spanish realists, though all-embracing in terms of subject matter from which to draw, tended to concentrate attention on a few objects, or even a single object. However, these excerpted objects, handled with great sobriety and rendered with exquisite detail, hold great power. Visual titillation draws the viewer to the work, but the cerebral and meditative sensibilities soon take over. It is precisely such qualities that underpin Torrens”s work.

via Virginia Anne Bonito, revised “Get Real” Bernardo Torrens essay, April 24, 2000

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"Coming upon a Bernardo Torrens painting for the first time is a unique experience... or so it was for me. At first I questioned what I was looking at, I knew it was a painting however there was no evidence of that by looking at the surface. His mastery of his medium is second to none. Often with a restrained palette, the way Torrens portrays the figure elevates it to a level that I have rarely seen. I am always drawn to the choices he makes. The elegance of his work speaks for itself."

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"In 1994 we purchased your painting of Woman With Blue & Green Turban from Leah Poller of the Art Alliance of New York. We still have and love this work. The last time we heard of you, you were represented by the Maisel Gallery also in New York. We would very much appreciate your bringing us up to date on your career? Our painting is 19.5" by 19.5" and was valued at $15,000 US at that time. With thanks - Patti Sowalsky"

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"I also thought them to be photos. FANTASTIC!!Thank you."

"Your ability to create such life-like paintings is truly a gift! I'm looking forward to seeing much much more of your work. Thank you!"

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