Alexi Torres (b. 1976 in Matanzas, Cuba) is a contemporary artist known for his oil paintings that appear as if knitted and woven. His artistic inspiration is derived from everyday organic objects, such as leaves, feathers, basket weavings, and cloth. It is driven by a love of nature and his dedication to perfecting a unique technique of oil painting. Inspired by his upbringing, Torres views the art making process as planting an idea and harvesting it. He builds the stretchers, stretches the canvases, and primes them himself. His portraits of everyday Cuban people are intended to show viewers the reality of life in Cuba. The flesh of his subjects appear to be made of a tightly woven fabric, which is inspired by traditional weaving techniques, symbolizing that everything is woven and knitted together—past, present, and future, along with people, politics, environments, and religion.
Torres explores the relationship between nature and man in a contemporary context, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living things. His works are exceptionally complex, intricately weaving together organic and symbolic elements to create monumental works which challenge the viewer to see beneath the surface into the archetypal qualities of his subjects. He seeks to initiate a dialogue on the effects and power of human thought and behavior on the ever-changing environment, and the need for appreciation of what is. His series range from portraits of ordinary people, cultural, military to a diverse sampling of symbols from popular culture. These images are then reimagined and reconstructed employing a unique multi-layer painting technique.
Alexi Torres was born in 1976 in Bermeja, a small village about 70 miles southeast of Havana, Cuba. From 1989-1991 he studied at Escuela Provicial de Artes in Mantanzas and 1991-1995 at Escuela Nacional de Artes in Havana. Torres has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Torres’s work can be found in major private and public collections, including the private collections of Will Smith, Los Angeles, CA; Delta Airlines, Atlanta GA; Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA; Hoover Public Library, Hoover, AL; and the Museum of Art Matanzas, Cuba. He is the recipient of the following awards: 2017 Top prize at Art Fields, SC. 2014 People’s Choice Award; Red Clay Survey; Huntsville Museum of Art. 2002 Grand Prize "Mapa Conceptual”, Matanzas, Cuba. 2000 Second Place Roberto Diego, Provincial Salon of Visual Arts, Matanzas, Cuba. In 2003 the artist moved from Cuba to the United States where he maintains studios in Atlanta, GA and Zacundo, Costa Rica.