Efrain Torres is a native Southern Californian artist and producer who pulls influence from popular & queer culture and 80’s & 90’s aesthetics. Torres works with a vast range of media fusing audio, drawing, installation, graphic design, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, and video.
Torres’ current work explores and celebrates identity performance, queer world-making, and intrapersonal inquiry in response to growing up Catholic as a Queer Mexican-American male. His work encourages the practice of identifying with one’s desired role and dis-identifying from those roles society tells one to be while questioning social constructs. Torres pulls, pushes, and merges the relationship of femininity and masculinity, both in a sexual and non-sexual manner, while deconstructing gender norms of Mexican-American culture, a culture that is deeply dedicated to the Catholic church and has strict traditions when it comes to gender roles. Torres’ work creates safe atmospheres in hope to escape social judgment, as well as self-judgment.
Torres received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with an emphasis in painting from California State University in San Bernardino, California, and recently received a Master of Fine Arts in the Art Program at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. He has exhibited his work nationally in solo and group exhibitions. Torres has previously shown at The Walking Gallery (Pomona, CA), Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (San Bernardino, CA), Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica, CA), and Chaffey College Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art (Rancho Cucamonga, CA). Torres was a resident artist at PermaDirty Project Space from 2011 to 2013, where he curated the group exhibition, Intertwine Originals (2013). From 2010-2011, Efrain Torres was a resident artist at Lifework Gallery and Studio in Palm Springs, California. Torres served as Co-Director of The Walking Gallery, an alternative gallery in Pomona, California from 2010-2013. Torres has been featured in articles for Coyote Chronicle and Inland Empire Weekly and published in The Chaffey Review, Volume IV. Efrain Torres works and resides in Los Angeles, California.