The insular landscape, diverse and extensive both in the past and the present, has works by the young painter Diego Torres in which the sea, calm and exquisite care for the composition are a particularity. He has managed to place himself in an advanced position within the current promotion of Cuban landscapers.
In some of his paintings, the influence that a classic of the genre such as the American Andrew Wyeth has had on his work is explicitly manifested. I am not referring only to a similarity in the compositional planes or even to a direct object reference, but to a kind of conscious re-appropriation of the atmospheres habitually used by this artist.
It is, basically, the insertion of sepia tonalities, completely alien to the prevailing ones in our environment, with which the artist proposes to attenuate the predominance of the picturesque, of the strident converted into a stereotype of our insularity, to create a sensation of estrangement.
Graduated from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in 1996, Torres said in an interview: "Since I was a child I liked to draw, everything I saw, but you don't make the decision to become an artist until you reach a certain maturity, I don't believe in that which some people say 'I paint since I was a child'. I think that one should grow up because this is a very serious profession and I don't believe that a child has that capacity for decision, of course the vocation if it has to exist at any age".
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