ARTIST PROFILE

 

This work (Edificaciones) marks the recurrent return of this artist to the privacy of the small format, to counterpoint with his monumental sculpture.


[El Nuevo Dia- Thursday, May 16, 2002]

 


 

Many other samples, collective and individual, as much in the island as internationally, have placed him between the most distinguished sculptors in the country.


[Enrique Garcia Gutierrez, Revista Domingo / El Nuevo Dia, June 15, 2002]

 


 

… Luis has become a guest of our city landscape, forged alchemy in steel and aluminum multi-formed like a testimony of that creative passio …


[El Nuevo Dia, April 11, 1999]

 


 

In his first exhibition, I commented that, in spite of his young age, Luis Torruella presented works that manifested ‘conceptual maturity and a technical discipline that augured a promising career’ and I believe that I was not mistaken.


[Revista Domingo, El Nuevo Dia, April 10, 1994]

 


 

In a city plagued with design flaws, the sculptor Luis Torruella has united a breach of decades between urban attitudes and suburban lifestyles… and has obtained it by means of art.


[Melba Ferrer, El Nuevo Dia, September 6, 2000]

 


 

… he tries to reflect rhythm in its widest sense in his pieces, his language is energy…


[Lourdes Duran, Cultura, Palma de Mallorca, May 4, 2001]

 


 

… the sculpture Ajedrezado, by Luis Torruella, occupies a prominent place within the new city. This sculpture has become a distinguished element of City View Plaza.


[Supplement, El Nuevo Dia, September 23, 1999]

 


 

Luis Torruella is a dedicated artist; honesty, discipline and professionalism are the pillars of his work. His sculptures are intense, lyrical compositions that go from the strictest geometrical organization to a free and spontaneous irregularity that approaches the accidental.


[Manuel Alvarez Lezama, The San Juan Star, April, 1994]

 


 

… Torruella is certainly one of the most promising artists of the new generation.


[Myrna Rodriguez, The San Juan Star, May 12, 1992]

 

 

 

 


 

 

MUJER

Painted aluminum - 132" x 36" x 36", 2012

DRAGON

Painted aluminum - 54" x 18" x 18", 2013

ESPIGA

Painted aluminum - 83" x 12" x 10", 20133

MALABARISTA

Painted aluminum - 83" x 75" x 39", 2012

 

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1966. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1988. In 1989 he studied and worked at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey. He was a student of sculptor Pablo Rubio. Since 1990 he is Art Director of the St. John’s School in San Juan, and in 2001, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ponce Art Museum. At the moment, he offers conferences in the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, participates in international art fairs, and continues evolving his style and technique to set an innovative pace in the international sculpture scene. He collaborates with architects, designers, developers and art institutions for the development of art. Since 1989, he has exhibited his work in several foreign countries as United States, Europe and the Orient. His work is displayed in several museums, inside and outside of Puerto Rico. He received the Wise Fine Arts Award in 1988, and in 1992 was one of the five artists chosen to participate in the Universal Exhibition in Seville. He designs within a contemporary abstract context. His works reveals his Caribbean heritage through their color, rhythm, and movement.

 


 

 

 

2005

  • Viota Gallery- Guaynabo, Puerto, Rico

2002

  • Botello Gallery. Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Colegio de Arquitectos. Palma de Mallorca, Spain

1997

  • Botello Gallery- Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Botello Gallery- Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Sculpture Show- Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, MA

1992

  • Botello Gallery- Hato Rey, PR

  • Theatrical Institute- Moscow, Republic of Russia

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2013

  • Biaggi & Faure Fine Art, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Rico

  • 2006 Arteamerica, Miami Florida

  • CIRCA Internationa Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Fundación Niños que Quieren Sonreir Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Fundación Rescate Cotorra Puertorriqueña Auction, San Juan, P.R.

  • Viota Gallery- Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Viota Gallery- Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano Auction, Los Angeles, CA

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Fundación Niños que quieren sonreir Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Viota Gallery- Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Trinity Gallery- Atlanta, GA.

  • Diseño de Mesas- Palacios, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Christmas Group Show- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Reinhold Jewelers, small format show, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Retrospectiva Colectiva, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico

  • Piedra, Madera, Metal, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Galería 2001- Citibank Atrium, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Urban Sculptures, Citibank Main Offices, Cupey, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Museo de Arte de Ponce Auction, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Urban Sculptures, Citibank Main Offices, Cupey, Puerto Rico

  • Colectiva de Navidad- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Small Format- Galería Raíces, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Reinhold Jewelers, small format show, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Northshore Skokie Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL

  • Pier Walk 99, Large scale outdoor sculpture, Chicago, IL

  • Galería Amalia Mahoney, Chicago, IL

  • Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998

  • Christmas Group Show- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Small Format- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Christmas Group Show, Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Small Format- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Arte Olímpico, Olympic Games, Atlanta

1995

  • Artistas contra el SIDA, Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, PR

  • Sculptures Show- Plaza las Americas, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Primera Muestra de Arte, Comite Olímpico de Puerto Rico

  • Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

  • Large Format Works, Citibank Offices Bldg., Cupey, Puerto Rico

  • Sculpture Exhibition, El San Juan Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde, PR

1993

  • Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico: Three Dimensional Art Today (five sculptors)- Museo de San Juan, PR

1992

  • Small Format- Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Museo sin Paredes Permanent Exhibition- USC, Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • Seis Escultores- Botello Gallery, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Recent Works with Arnaldo Roche-Rabell- Searle Caribbean, Caguas, PR

1991

  • IX Festival de Arte Contemporáneo- Plaza las Americas, Hato Rey, PR

  • Small Format- Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Obras de Cuatro- Universidad de Puerto Rico, Arecibo, PR

  • Arte Joven- Chase Manhattan Bank, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Hermes Gallery- Condado, Puerto Rico

  • Small Format- Luigi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Dubuque Art Show- The Jailhouse Gallery, Dubuque, Iowa

  • Casa Candina, Condado, PR

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  • Bacardi Corporation Headquarters, Cataño,PR (20 ft. high) 

  • Parque de las Ciencias, Bayamón, PR (100 ft. long) 

  • Montehiedra Office Center, PR (50 ft. high) 

  • Verizon Building, Cupey, PR (20 ft. high) 

  • Searle Pharmaceuticals, Caguas, PR

  • La Torre de Plaza las Americas, Hato Rey, PR (10 ft. high) 

  • Hotel El Convento, Old San Juan, PR (12 ft. high) 

  • Plaza Monumento al Veterano, Cayey, PR (35 ft. high) 

  • Condado Plaza Hotel, Condado, PR (150 ft. long, 12 ft. high) 

  • Bellas Artes Performing Arts Center, San Juan, PR (37 ft. high)

  • Wyndham Hotel at Paseo Portuario, Pier Walk, Old San Juan, PR (41 ft. high) 

  • B. Fernández Main Offices (Budweiser Caribbean), Bayamón .PR (14 ft. high ) 

  • Northshore Skokie Sculpture Park, Chicago, IL (10 ft. high) 

  • City View Plaza Complex, Guaynabo, PR (12 ft. high) 

  • Escultura Miramar, Santurce, PR (250 ft. long, 10 ft. high) 

  • Proyecto Laderas de San Juan, Caguas, PR (25 ft. high) 

  • Innovative Systems Headquaters, Mitchell, South Dakota (15 ft. high) 

  • VIG Plaza, Santurce, PR (11 ft.high) 

  • Paraíso de Coamo, Coamo, PR (13 ft. high) 

  • King´s Court Playa, Condado PR (12 ft. high) 

  • Palma Real, Guaynabo, PR (10 ft. high) 

  • Fundación Angel Ramos Main Offices (15 ft. high) 

  • Murano Residential Proyect, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico (18 ft. high) 

  • RG Bank Headquarters, Rio Piedras, PR (20 ft. high) 

  • Garden Hills Plaza Circle, Guaynabo, PR (26 ft. high) 

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  • Office Complex, Hong Kong, China

  • Sculpture Garden, Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles,CA

  • Madeira Residences, Condado, Puerto Rico

  • San Miguel, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico

  • Sabanera de Dorado, Dorado, Puerto Rico

  • Pikayo, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Singer Island Hilton, FLA

  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Sculpture Garden, San Juan, PR

  • Swissotel, Chicago

  • Saint John´s School, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts

  • Sterling Winthrop Main Offices, Pennsylvania

  • McConnell Valdés, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

  • Chayote Restaurant, Miramar, Puerto Rico

  • Caparra Classic Building, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

  • Empresas Stuart Main Offices, Cupey, Puerto Rico

  • Hyatt Dorado Beach Hotel, Dorado, Puerto Rico

  • Embassy Suites Hotel, Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

  • Centro Europa Office Building, Santurce, Puerto Rico

  • Citibank Main Offices, Cupey, Puerto Rico

  • Caribe Hilton Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Equifax Headquarters, Atlanta, GA

  • Mova Pharmaceuticals, Caguas, Puerto Rico

  • Microsoft Corp.Main Offices, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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2000

  • Selected to participate at Convocatoria de Esculturas Urbanas del Municipio de San Juan, PR

  • Selected to make a monumental sculpture for public area in Miramar, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Selected to represent Puerto Rico at the Universal Exhibition World's Fair, Seville, Spain

1987

  • Athanasios Demetrios Skours Prize (award for outstanding work in Architecture or Art)

  • Wise Fine Arts Award (award for distinction in the completion of a work of art)

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