My work is a re-interpretation of found images men post of themselves on websites that serve as ways to meet other men and/or indulge in their exhibitionism. Also, for the past two years I have been working on a series of paintings, drawings, and watercolors that explore the male figure and it’s representation in magazines of the past 60 years. These photos document the different mediums/genres that gay men used to admire the male figure- through subtle suggestive images of wrestlers in 50’s physique mailers to erotic magazines widely distributed in the 70’s. I source found vintage imagery from old zines and the Web.
Boris Torres is originally from Ecuador based in New York City.
His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Veneklasen/Werner Gallery in Berlin, La Petite Mort Gallery Gallery in Canada, and La Naranjilla Mecánica in Quito, Ecuador, Bowman Bloom Gallery, Parlor Projects, Art in General, Center for Book Arts, LGBT Community Center, and Dumbo Arts Center in NYC. His work was published in Gorgeous Gallery edited by David Leddick, Bruno Gmunder, 2012 and Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, Phaidon Press, 2012. His work was featured in the critically acclaimed feature film Keep The Lights On. He received an MFA from Brooklyn College where he has also taught undergraduate painting.
Born in Ecuador in 1976 and based in New York City.
Boris Torres-Gemälde und Zeichnungen, Prinz Eisenherz, Berlin, Germany
Midnite, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
En Carne Viva, La Naranjilla Mecánica, Quito, Ecuador
Boris Torres: Recent Paintings, The Gay & Lesbian Center, New York, NY
Recent Paintings and a Drawing, Parlour Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Infidels, Launch F18, New York, NY
Cluster Bomb, Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY
The Pop Up Museum of Queer History, Leslie Lohman Art Foundation, New York, NY
Memory Palace, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
Global Arts Project, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
Social Photography, Carriage Trade Gallery, New York, NY
College Art Association MFA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY
The Infidels, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Family Albums, Clifford Chance, New York, NY
Self-Consciousness: Curated by Peter Doig and Hilton Als, Gordon Veneklasen Michael Werner Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Kwark, Bowman Bloom Gallery, New York, NY
New York Stories, Light Industry, Brooklyn, NY
The Evolution of a Revolution, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Sex in the City: Curated by Dean Daderko, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
Hung Magazine Selects, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY
No More Drama: The Saga Continues, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Those Who Can, City College, New York, NY
Do You Think I’m Disco: Curated by Edwin Ramoran, Longwood Art Project at Hostos, Bronx, NY
The Faerie Show, Le Petit Versailles, New York, NY
The 12 Inchers: Male Nudes, Bulls Eye, Brooklyn, NY
LTTR: The Explosion, Art In General, New York, NY
2011 MFA, Brooklyn College of New York, NY
2008 MA, City College of New York, NY,
2000 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Gorgeous Gallery, by David Leddick
Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, Phaidon Press
Revista Vanguardia, text by Oscar Molina, Quito, Ecuador
Revista Katalizador, text by Pablo Yang, Quito, Ecuador
Revista Max, Vol.1, text by Fredy Alfaro, Quito Ecuador
B.T.F.A, “cruising notes” Dec., Vol.2
B.T.F.A, “cruising notes” Dec., Vol.1
Baran, Adamn. “Butt Art: Boris Torres”, Buttmagazine.com, Nov.
Pollack, Barbara. “Sex in the City: Dumbo Arts Center,” Art News, Jan., Vol. 107
Cotter, Holland. “Sex in the City: Dumbo Arts Center,” New York Times, November 23.
Genocchio, Benjamin. “Exploring the Effects of Disco’s Beat,” New York, Times, February 16.
Cotter, Holland. “Do You Think I’m Disco: Longwood Arts Project”, New York Times, February 3.
2011 Brooklyn College of New York, NY, Spring 2011
2007-2009 Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, New York, NY