Efrain Torres is a Southern California artist that resides and works in Los Angeles County. Currently, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Art Program at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, Efrain’s current works explores his experience of identifying as Queer, Mexican-American, and Catholic, and how his life has been shaped and influenced by three decades of popular culture. His works fuse a vast range of media, which include painting, design, printmaking, and audio. Efrain has exhibited his works throughout Southern California in Solo and Group exhibitions with Open Door (Pomona, CA), The Walking Gallery (Pomona, CA), Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Arts (San Bernardino, CA), CSUSB Visual Arts Student Gallery (San Bernardino, CA) PermaDirty Project Space (Claremont, CA), Lifework Gallery and Studio (Palm Springs, CA), Division 9 Gallery (Riverside, CA), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), and Chaffey College Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (Rancho Cucamonga, CA). In 2013, Efrain received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts from California State University in San Bernardino, California. During that time he was awarded the Santos Manuel Student Union Purchase Award for his piece, “I’m Gay.” Efrain was also awarded the School of Visual, Performing & Communication Arts Scholarship while attending Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Efrain was Resident Artist at PermaDirty Project Space from 2011 to 2013, where he curated the group exhibition Intertwine Originals (2013). Also, from 2010-2011 Efrain was Resident Artist at Lifework Gallery and Studio in Palm Springs, California. Efrain served as Director of The Walking Gallery, an alternative gallery in Pomona, California from 2010-2013. Efrain has been featured in articles for Coyote Chronicle and Inland Empire Weekly and published in Chaffey College’s The Chaffey Review, Volume IV.

Contact: efraingtorres@gmail.com

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