Torreano (b. 1941, Michigan) is an American artist, best known for utilizing
faceted gems in a variety of mediums and methods in order to create "movement oriented perception" in
grew up in a large Catholic family and this has influenced his artistic
practice; he always uses of jewels serving as a metaphor for vigil lights.
Other religious influences appear in his pieces as well while in recent years
his paintings have used gems to create space-like constellations. Throughout
his career, Torreano has investigated the properties of real and fake gemstones
in the differing contexts of lighting, placement and materials. Artist Richard
Artschwager described Torreano's works as „paintings
that stand still and make you move“.
works have been exhibited in several museums and institutions, amog all:
Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis and many others. His series of
paintings titled "TV Bulge" were featured in the 1969 Whitney