Laura Kastin joins TOROSIETE Gallery from Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Pratt Institute and the City College of New York. After earning her undergraduate degree Laura established the Pottery Loft in Park Slope Brooklyn. She taught ceramics classes and worked as a production potter. She also provided instruction at community centers, senior centers and adult education programs. After several years, Laura earned her masters degree in Special Education from New York University. She continued to work as a part time potter and started to teach ceramics at Clayworks on Colombia in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Laura was a long time member of the Brooklyn Potters organization, where she helped to establish their Empty Bowls project as an ongoing fund raiser for a local soup kitchen.
After retiring from teaching in the NYC public school system, Laura returned to working in clay full time. She continues to teach at Clayworks on Columbia and to exhibit and sell her pieces. She enjoys exploring a variety of techniques, experimenting with different clays and firing processes. Although Laura still loves to work on the potters’ wheel, she has also turned her focus to hand built ceramic sculpture influenced by organic forms and surfaces.
We are thrilled to feature two exhibitions of Laura’s work in our Gallery. One focused on her Sculpture, and another on her Bowls and Vases called Vessels. Visit her exhibition space and then check out the many pieces for sale in our Gallery Store.
Juanjo joins TOROSIETE from Málaga, Spain. An artist of many disciplines, including painting and music, Juanjo’s current passion is for jewelry. But Juanjo’s jewelry is like none other. Training at an early age with influence from his mother, his concepts are surrealistic, organic and sculptural. Juanjo uses a variety of materials but produces works that are one-of-a-kind pieces of art with luxury materials. Inspect them closely! Our current exhibition features a collection of his rings. We are also working on an exhibition of his brooches that will blow you away. Visit his exhibition gallery here, and visit our Gallery Store to purchase his unique amazing pieces.
Amy joins TOROSIETE from Meriden, Connecticut. With a B.A. from Franklin Pierce University in Graphic Communications with a minor in Fine Arts, Amy begin painting surrealism paintings after being inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Persistence of Memory”.
Now, Amy has fine tuned her techniques and uses reactive metallic paints, acrylic resins and other materials to create vibrant, expressive explosions of color. Her abstract works explore the chemistry of combining different reactive paints and the fractal like images that result.
Her current exhibition for TOROSIETE showcases many of her original acrylic/resin works. Visit her gallery space here.
Amy has expanded upon her work with paint into the digital world where she further manipulates her images obtained from her original paintings and then using the techniques she has mastered as a graphic artist to create new digital works. We hope to show you more of her work in the future!
Check out our collection of original works from her exhibition along with some limited-edition, hand-signed Fine Art Prints of her art in our Gallery Store.
Albien is originally from the San Francisco, CA bay area but currently resides in Northwestern South Carolina. His abstract expressionistic paintings bring you deep into his core.
His first TOROSIETE exhibition is titled “Soulscapes & Accelerants” and he invites you to experience his soul as if it took an abstract color and shape with acrylics on canvas. This collection combines movement and color and allows us to experience this journey.
Check out our collection of original works from his exhibitions and other items in our Gallery Store.
River joins TOROSIETE from Charlottesville, Virginia where he currently runs an amazing Restaurant specializing in Veracruz, Mexican cuisine (and of course cocktails!), The Bebedero. River, originally from California, experiments with multiple art mediums – from Pen & Ink to Airbrush, to Watercolor to Acrylics. His works are always unique and the subject matter is not shy. River’s surreal works sometimes showcase the grotesque and he doesn’t steer clear of controversy, but that’s why we like him. His detail is extraordinary and often when you look closely you will find hidden images in his work. He also authors a comic strip “The Lowdown” which can be found on his website.
His current exhibition features a variety of mediums, methods and subjects. We look forward to bringing you more of his works (and showcasing some of his other talents) in the future. Visit his Gallery and check out our large collection of Originals and Fine Art Prints of his works in our Gallery Store.
Hal Casto, from Huntington, West Virginia, is our first writer for TOROSIETE Press. Hal has only been writing for a few years but her writing vividly explores the deepest of human emotions. Hal writes to inspire and help friends and others deal with life and mental struggles with anxiety and depression.
Her current “exhibition” features a video we have produced of one of her poems. We will be publishing a collection of her works for TOROSIETE Press in the future. We look forward to sharing her beautiful and inspiring and sometimes haunting collection of work with you.
Rafael J. Rodriguez, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of Mayagüez with a concentration in Finance. Then, Rafael obtained a second degree in Fine Art from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras. Rafael has been creating his unique style of abstract art using painted paper collages since 2004. This prolific artist has been exhibited in New York, Vermont and the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art.
His current exhibitions show his most recent work creating collages made up of cut-up chips of commercial paint to create amazing atmospheric abstract fields of vision. We have several exhibitions planned for this amazing artist and we are fortunate to be able to offer some amazing original art, and beautiful Fine Art Prints, and Wood Prints from his archive.
Eli Portman was born and raised in the Greater Boston area. He graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors Degree in studio art in the spring of 2014.
Primarily focusing on drawing, Portman’s exhibits feature Pen & Ink and Pen & Ink with Ink Wash on Paper. He has since returned to the Boston area, where he currently lives. He has taught art to children grades K-8, and has hung his work in galleries, shops and cafes throughout the Greater Boston Area. Portman is also a member of the Copley Society of Art. He has done murals, private commissions, and illustrated a children’s picture book in late 2014.
Lucy is from Grand Rapids, MI. Lucy utilizes her background in computer science to take her art to the technical age. Using a combination of photo editing applications and direct pixel manipulation techniques, Lucy transforms her own photographs into amazing collages, statement pieces and wonderful alternative universes. Her works can best be described as “Glitch Art”, and or digital art. She has designed many album covers, as well as created patterns that have been used in many different applications. We are excited to have Lucy part of our TOROSIETE family and look forward to using her designs in many of our products. Please visit our Gallery to see the exhibit of her original works. Also check out our Gallery Store to see her Fine Art Prints that are currently available for sale.
Our Latest Featured Artist is full of life, energy and talent. Focussed on her career and education, Helena never really developed her talent until she finished college. But thanks to the support and encouragement of many, we are lucky to see the fruits of her labor. Considering herself a “self-taught abstract artist”, Helena uses ink (gel and roller ball) on paper to create amazing color and black and white coloring-book like images with vivid passion and emotion. We are lucky to have Helena contribute her designs to TOROSIETE Collection Products, such as Fine Art Pillow Covers as well as Fine Art Luxury Silk Scarves. We will continue to work with Helena to develop more products based on her designs. Please visit our Gallery to see the exhibit of her original works. Also check out our Gallery Store to see her Fine Art Prints available for sale, along with Luxury Silk Scarves using her amazing designs and Fine Art Pillow Covers.
Watch the video below about Helena’s Exhibit:
Our new featured photographer is self taught from books and videos, and of course trial and error. Photography has always been a part of her life, as it lets her show others the way she sees the world. Her photographs have minimal editing as to show more of the real event that doesn’t need to be changed in her eyes. Her dreams are to travel the world and share what she sees with all of us. Sara is from the Seattle, WA area. Please visit our Gallery to see Sara’s exhibit.
This Featured Artist hails currently from Colorado Springs, CO. Jessica is a graduate from the Savanah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA. Passionate about Art from her early years in Alexandria, VA, Jessica has works in a multitude of mediums – from Pen & Ink on Paper, to Glass and Clay Sculpture to Paintings on Canvas and recently Glass.
Jessica’s artistic style grew to be more and more abstract as her education continued and it is now her main focus. After dealing with significant personal issues followed by a period of personal growth, her spirituality began to develop and became an integral part of her work and process. Art is a way for her to explore herself in an abstract, intuitive, and thoughtful way.
Ferdinand discusses her exhibit below:
The amazing handiwork from this Featured Artist is easily recognizable and distinctive. Cleveland Graham hand crafts wooden boxes and chests from reclaimed wood by “harvesting – taking something old and run down and bringing an entirely new life to itself.” His designs are contemporary, abstract with baroque and asian influences, but carry an old world charm.
Each box is unique, expertly finished and adorned with his artwork. We can almost imagine a lifetime of history that will be made with this object with any owners lucky enough to have one of his pieces. Who will it be passed down to? Where will you travel with it?
Cleveland has an MFA but has adapted his original works in printmaking into a physical durable object form. Previously from Seattle, WA, Cleveland Graham now lives outside of Asheville, NC.
For a commentary of Cleveland’s work, view the video below:
We are pleased to announce our very first Featured Artist, Madison Tanner, to TOROSIETE.
Madison is an extremely talented painter, sketcher, and musician. With so much to express in her Abstract vision of life, Madison is passionate when discussing her works and expressing that art is in her blood.
This determination to always experiment with new mediums such as oil, acrylic and textures, she is always coming up with new styles that will delight viewers.
Watch the video below about this amazing new artist to TOROSIETE:
We are thrilled to have Alex Cummings join our roster of Featured Artists at TOROSIETE.
Alex Cummings is a well traveled photographer and very talented with his eye for detail. His photographs show us the emotion of the subject. Working in both Black and White and Color, Alex always captures the light and feelings of the moment.
View the video below to learn more about Alex’s exhibit: