Jose Omar Torres Biography

José Omar Torres: The Portrayer of Havana Video:é

José Omar Torres López is a artist born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1953. His main fields were painting, engraving, and drawing. He is Director of the Taller Experimental de Gráfica (TEG), Havana, Cuba. Between 1968 and 1973 he studied at the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), Havana. Between 1975 and 1976 he studied a Post-graduate course on lithography with professors Luis Miguel Valdés, José Contino and José Luis Posada, in Havana. In 1976 to 1978 he studied Art History in Havana University. From 1987 to 1989 he studied engraving at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana. Among his most important solo exhibitions were Temperas de José Omar Torres, in Galería L, Havana, 1973. In 1992 he exhibited Jose Omar Torres' in the Galerie Itinerat, in Paris, France. In 1995 he presented “Three Propuestas (Pintura Cubana): Eduardo Abela Torrás, José Omar Torres y Carlos del Toro Orihuela” in the Galería de Arte INAC, Plaza de Francia, Panama. In 1997 he exhibited “ Polos opuestos: José Gómez Fresquet (FREMEZ)/José Omar Torres” in the Ambos Mundos Hotel, Havana. In 1973 he won Third Prize in the Salón Nacional de Grabado, Galería Oriente, Santiago de Cuba. In 1974 he gained Second Prize at the II Salón Provincial de Profesores e Instructores de Artes Plásticas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Havana. In 1974 he also won Third Prize in Lithography in the Segundo Salón Nacional de Grabados, Galería Amelia Peláez, Parque Lenin, in Havana. In 1999 he was recognized with the title of the Resident Artist, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania. His works can be found in the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí, in Havana; in the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; and in the Taller Experimental de Gráfica (TEG), Havana.

Artist's Statement

I have symbols in my work. The first, indeed, is the city as a container of joys, sorrows, longings of the human, the other is the pendulum, which is a symbol of time-and the other is the fruit allegorical pleasure.