Similar to a certain type of realism - that allows the viewer to quickly identify the contents shown - this artist nonetheless maintains a continuous and calculated distance from reality, to the extent that the scale or composition of his paintings and sculptures eventually reiterates the artificiality of their micro-narratives: i.e., these works conjure up a visually trapped universe and that which we may term paradoxical simulated realism.
Miguel von Hafe Pérez
Baltazar Torres was born in 1961 in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. He lives and works in Porto.
He has exhibited his work regularly since 1990, including exhibitions in Portugal, Spain Italy, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Brazil, Austria, USA, Slovenia and Turkey.
He is represented by the Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art gallery, Vienna.
His work is found in private and public collections, in Portugal and abroad, including: CAM, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal); Culturgest (Portugal); CAC Malaga (Spain); CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (Spain); Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró (Spain); IVAM, Valencia (Spain) Fondation Claudine et Jean Marc Salomon (France); Fundación Ars TEOR/eTica, San Jose (Costa Rica); Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul (Turkey).