Carlos Torres Machado, Charlie in heaven: The new owner of power, 2008
Interview: Carlos Torres Machado
Born in Ecuador in 1981, over the last eight years Carlos Torres Machado has made remarkable images that explore the construction of the scene in a neo-pictorialist will to demonstrate the difference between “taking a picture” and “making a picture”. He chose to work with studio photography to construct his pictures. After his B.A. in Contemporary Arts and Communication, Torres has participated in several solo and group art exhibitions and has worked with name brands such as Peugeot, Toyota, Herbalife, Diners Club-Discover, among others. He owned and managed a magazine called “Barón” a couple of years ago and, for the last three years, he has taught Contemporary photography at Universities.
Carlos Torres Machado, Mixing cities : Bari-Italy, 2013
Luca Curci – When you start practicing art and why?
Carlos Torres Machado – Since the beginning of my life, I have been practicing art in every act, in every crayon draw, in every lego construction, that is when artists began to form a subconscious idea of what they want to do later in their lives. When we grow, we make the same things that we did as a child: the name is the only change that happens. When you are a child you go to play, when you are an adult you go to work.
Carlos Torres Machado, Charlie in heaven: One hundred years of solitude, 2009
L. C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?
C. T. M. – My artistic work is a cross between the pastiche of the postmodern and the romanticism of the 19th century. My inspiration is the human being and his process of life in a communication era.
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
C. T. M. – I am currently working on motion paintings, moving to the rhythm of the heartbeat.
Carlos Torres Machado, Mixing cities : New York-US, 2013
L. C. – What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
C. T. M. – Create a strategy that will put you where you want to be, enjoy the way through it.
L. C. – What is art for you?
C. T. M. – Art is archetypo, is about transforming patterns that connects society in new forms that help humans stay alive.
Carlos Torres Machado, Charlie in heaven: I will live in their hearts, 2010
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
C. T. M. – I love what you do. You guys always are at the vanguard of what is happening in today’s art world. That’s a fantastic job!
L. C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
C. T. M. – What an artist wants is to show and sell his work. ArtExpo is a great opportunity to achieve this goals.