Gustave Torres was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where he began sculpting and training with accomplished artists such as Luis Larios at a very young age. Torres left Mexico in 1991 after receiving his Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of Guadalajara to pursue a career in the United States.
Torres is both a talented visual artist and a master craftsman. His visual imagery reflects the deep, quiet spirit of antiquity, and rough finger work and carefully chosen patinas convey a worn, earthy presence. The power of his art is in its simplicity, tranquility and connection to life. With references to both ancient Mayan art and the sculptures of Giacometti, Torres’ style is both primitive and abstract, and he strives to create a “spiritual balance” in his art. His statement that “art without spirit is nothing” demonstrates his reverence for life. His driving desire is to connect his work to others on a spiritual level, and each piece begins with a fragment of his own past. “The form is just the beginning. The rest is left to each person’s connection as they add their own experience and spirit,” he says.
Torres describes himself as an old-fashioned sculptor because he uses centuries-old lost-wax casting techniques to create his bronzes. He is directly involved with each stage of the creation of every piece from the mold making to the careful application of the patina.
Torres currently resides in Northern California. His sculptures have been exhibited at the Carmel Arts Association and prominent fine art galleries throughout the country. Torres is an award-winning artist, has received a Gold Medal in National Competition in Guadalajara, and has been featured in publications worldwide.