Rigoberto Torres was born in Aquadilla, Puerto Rico in 1960 and grew up in the Bronx. At the age of 19 he began a collaboration with noted artist John Ahearn that continued for nearly 20 years. Recently he moved to Kissimmee, FL and the Polk Museum of Art is proud to organize his first Florida museum exhibition.
He creates plaster and fiberglass life-casts that are empathetic studies of real people – family, friends and strangers. The focus of Mr. Torres’s career has been the use of art to define and bring together communities by celebrating the people who live there.
Mr. Torres has been selected for the Whitney Biennial Exhibition and the Venice Biennale. His work is in the collections of numerous major institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Dallas Museum of Art.