b. The Philippines, 1977
ARTIFICIAL DREAMS 4, 2007
Signed and dated 'JTORRES'2007' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
122cm x 91cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur; acquired through Boston Gallery, The Philippines
ESTIMATE RM 5,000 - 7,000
PRICE REALISED RM 10,925
Known for his colossal paintings of human figures in the context of Filipino history, Juanito Torres is a contemporary social realist painter who works in realism. Artificial Dreams 4 illustrates the merriment of a social dance gathering with couples performing the ballroom dance to the accordion melody played by a man standing on the right. The odd presence of a mixed breed white dog with brown spots adds to the surreal atmosphere of the scene.
Juanito Torres attended Philippine High School for the Arts in Los Banos, Laguna, where he was awarded for Outstanding Visual Arts in 1994 and was later enrolled as a Fine Art student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He was a finalist at the Metrobank Foundation National Painting Competition in 2005. He was also selected as a Fellow and is the designated artist for CANVAS Romeo Forbes Children’s Literature Initiative from 2009 to 2010. His critically acclaimed solo show titled Eksena (Scenes) was exhibited at Galerie Joaquin Main, Manila, Philippines.