Faculty & Staff

David Torres II
Art & Design Instructor
Community Arts
Degrees & Accomplishments
MFA in Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
BFA in Painting, Rhode Island School of Design
Beyond Earth Film Festival Best International Debut in Web and New Media (2019)
Runetech and Valley of The Silent Immortals, BigToe Gallery| Solo Exhibition (2018)
LeRoy Neiman Foundation Oxbow Fellowship (2013)

Born in West Palm Beach, FL, David Torres is interested in the history of stories where the unseen forces of morality are at work. The PTSD factor embedded in culture has drawn David’s work to the idea of the “hero” as an empathic ideal for people to aspire to. David Torres is also interested in the illusion and delusional discussions that surround the complexities of the racial, sexual, religious, aging; old and young identities in culture. As a way of investigating these identities David Torres created “Riakman”, an alter ego, designed under the influences of 1990’s anime, video games, and his father’s middle school drawings. By channeling “Riakman”, David find pathways through high art and popular culture. Through Riakman, David tells stories within his fictional planet “Runetech” about a way of being in the world. Exploring a narrative with an embedded nostalgia for the future is the illusion David Torres uses to contend with the disillusions that exist within culture.