"Blending her Mexican heritage with elements of street art and the fine arts, Goya Torres is one of the most exciting artists currently working out of Australia." - The8Percent.com
Goya Torres is a visual/street-artist based in the Northern Beaches in Sydney‚ originally born in Mexico‚ who creates artwork with vivid characters in a figurative-surrealistic style with a profound narrative. Her practice moves towards blurring the separation line between fine arts‚ street-art and illustration in order to develop a visual contemporary language that reflects reality nowadays.
- Herron School of Art and Design‚ Indianapolis‚ IN‚ USA (2006)
- C. E. Gestalt‚ Mexico (2010)
- Warringah Printmaking Studio‚ Sydney‚ Australia (2014)
- Roser Sales Printmaking Studio‚ Barcelona‚ Spain (2014)
- National Art School, Summer Art School, Sydney, Australia (2016)
- Warringah Creative Space Art Studio: 6 months residency‚ Sydney‚ Australia (2015-2016)
- Six months Studio Art Residency part of Young Artist Residency project Studio 22 at ArtSpace. Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom (2018)
PRIZES & HONOURS
2006 Best student of the class, Herron School of Art and Design. Indianapolis, IN, USA.
2011 Finalist and Honourable Mention with Thesis project at the 6th Biennial of Design in Mexico. Mexico City.
2014 Finalist to participate in the Wild Rhino! project/exhibition organised by Taronga Zoo. Sydney, Australia.
2014 Finalist to participate in the Hello Koala! project/exhibition organised by Port Macquarie Council, Sydney, Australia.
2014 Artwork selected to be printed and distributed as postcards around Australia, Europe and India by Avantcard. 10,000 distributed.
2015 - 2016 Six months Studio Art Residency at Warringah Creative Space. Curl Curl, Sydney, Australia.
2016 First Borrowed Wall Art Prize Finalist. Liverpool City Library. Sydney, Australia.
2016 Canacintra's Mural Project for General City Hospital Art Prize, 2nd Place. Cordoba Veracruz, Mexico.
2017 'Hung Up Art Prize' winner. Awarded by Hung Up Gallery at the Street-Art Festival exhibition organized by Surface Gallery. Nottingham, UK.
2018 STEP Travelling Grant EU beneficiary, initiative by the European Cultural Foundation with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo. While residing at the UK.
2013 Group. International Women’s Day Art Prize and Exhibition at Meadowbank TAFE‚ See St Gallery. Professionals category. Sydney‚ Australia.
2013 Group and book release. Azuldecobalt & Steyoyoke Book Launch & Exhibition. Berlin‚ Germany.
2014 Group. "Triangle‚ angular realities"‚ travelling exhibition between Mexico - Cuba - Colombia.
2014 Group. After Dark‚ Black Board Collective‚ exhibition of painters‚ photographers and designers‚ part of The Sydney Fringe Festival. The Tent Gallery‚ Newtown‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2014 Joint Solo. "EQUINOX"‚ alongside M-lon (Miguel Gonzalez) and Lotte Smith at The Painters' Gallery as part of the Manly Arts Festival in Manly‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2014 Solo. "They Will Come"‚ Solo exhibition celebrating The Day Of The Dead. Black Penny Gallery Surry Hills‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Solo. "Ocean Introspective" at GirdLerds Cafe. Dee-Why Beach front‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Group. StayFly Very First Skateboard Exhibition. Kind Of Gallery‚ St Leonards‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Group. CRANIUM (2nd year) at the M2 Gallery. Surry Hills‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Solo-Joint. The Mexican Cartel Street-Art at Belgrave Cartel‚ Manly‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Group. "Ayotzinapa Vive" at M2 Gallery‚ part of Sydney Fringe Festival. Surry Hills‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 Group Exhibition. 6YL Magazine. Issue 4: POWER. Allpress Studios‚ 84 Rupert Street‚ Collingwood‚ VIC. Melbourne‚ Australia.
2015 Artists in Residency Exhibition at Warringah Creative Space. North Curl Curl‚ Sydney‚ Australia.
2016 Group exhibition. "Art on the Mill", No Fixed Address Gallery inauguration and exclusive to the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival 2016. Woodend, Victoria, Australia.
2016 Group exhibition. First Borrowed Wall Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Liverpool City Library, NSW, Australia.
2016 Group exhibition. Other People's Faces, Artizan Gallery, Torquay, Cornwall. United Kingdom.
2016 Group exhibition. Porthmeor Print Workshop, Autumn Show. Porthmeor Printmaking Studio, St Ives, Cornwwall. United Kingdom.
2017 Group exhibition. "SUMARIO", Museo del Tequila & Mezcal part of the International Street-Art Festival CONSTRUCTO 17. Mexico City, Mexico.
2017 Group exhibition. "Street-Art Festival". Surface Gallery. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.
2018 Group exhibition. "Hit me with your best shot", Group exhibition of the BOAA Biennale of Australian Art. City of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
2018 Group exhibition. "Blackburn Open Walls Street-Art Festival Artist Exhibition". PRISM Gallery. Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom.
2018 Solo exhibition. '‘GOYA TORRES Artist in Residence Exhibition 2018’, Solo exhibition part of the Artist in Residence program at Art Space Portsmouth, Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
SELECTED STREET-ART FESTIVALS & PUBLIC ART
2014 Wild Rhino! project. Finalist, selected to paint life-size rhino sculpture for trail and fundraising project from Sydney to Dubbo, organised by Taronga Zoo and sponsored by Hotel Steyne Manly. Sydney, Australia.
2014 Live-painting at Manly Corso with M-lon for Flavours of Spain Paella Competition part of the Food and Wine Festival. Artwork auctioned on site. Sydney, Australia.
2014 Live-painting for the Market Lane Artist Project. 2.70cm x 2.70cm. The Painter's Gallery. Sydney, Australia.
2015 Hello Koala! project. Finalist, selected to paint two Koala sculptures for trail in Port Macquarie, organised by Port Macquarie Hastings Council and sponsored by ABC Mid North Coast and Discovery Magazine. Sydney, Australia.
2015 Live-painting on surfboard at Duke's Day Festival. Freshwater, Sydney, Australia.
2015 Live-painting on surfboard at the St George Surf Wall, Hurley Australian Open of Surfing. Manly beach front, Sydney, Australia.
2015 Live-Painting JAM at Manly Cove promenade (outside Manly Art Gallery & Museum) part of the Manly Arts Festival. Manly, Sydney, Australia.
2015 "Do Your Block" public art beach cement blocks commissioned by Warringah Council. Narrabeen, Sydney, Australia.
2015 Mural rooftop alongside French artist V2M, 8m long mural at Bondi rooftop . Bondi, Sydney, Australia.
2016 Live-Painting at Manly Australian Open of Surfing Art Wall alongside local contemporary street-artists. Manly beach front, Sydney, Australia.
2016 FEMINEM 5th International Graffitti & Street-Art Festival. Mural. Altlzayanca, Tlaxcala, Mexico.
2016 ¨Tu Estilo es el Mensaje¨ Graffitti & Street-Art Festival. Mural. Nezahuatcoyotl, Mexico City, Mexico.
2016 "Ciudad Mural Monterrey" Street-Art Festival. Mural. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
2017 CONSTRUCTO International Street-Art Festival. Mural. Sponsored by MOLOTOW and Rodin. Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales' UNAM University, Mexico City, Mexico.
2017 Meeting of Styles Copenhagen, Warm-up event, 'Kings of Province'. International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. 5 x 2.5m mural on tunnel. Ringsted, Denmark.
2017 Blackburn Open Walls International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. Blackburn, Lancashire, England.
2017 Meeting of Styles Poland. International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. Artist sponsored by NBQ. Lublin, Poland.
2017 Street-art Grammart. Street-Art Festival. 6 x 12m mural (1) and 4 x 5m mural (2). Grammichele, Sicily, Italy.
2018 Meeting Of Styles Kosovo, International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. Pristina, Kosovo.
2018 Meeting Of Styles Canary Islands, International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.
2018 Beeston Street-Art Festival. Beeston, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.
2018 Urban Giants Street-Art Festival. Milan, Italy.
2018 Whitecross Street Party live-painting, selected artist invited by Curious Duke Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
2018 UPFEST Street-Art Festival. Bristol, United Kingdom.
2018 Mural and Artist Jury at the 'Street-Art Exhibition', organised by Surface Gallery. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.
2018 Victorious Festival, Street-Art wall at Reggea World Music Stand. Southsea, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
2018 Meeting of Styles Budapest. International Street-Art & Graffiti Festival. Budapest, Hungary.
2018 Printing Walls - Street-Art Festival Torrefarrera. 3.5 x 25m mural. Cataluña, Spain.
2012 Mitote Magazine‚ number 12. Puerto Escondido‚ Mexico.
2013 Colectivo Bicicleta Blogpost. Medellin‚ Colombia.
2013 Illustrated Girls Magazine‚ number 2. Mexico City.
2013 Manly Guide Magazine artist note. Sydney‚ Australia.
2014 Wild Rhino! project note and mention in the Manly Daily Newspaper. Sydney‚ Australia.
2014 Independiente.mx‚ interview for online blog. Ciudad Juarez‚ Mexico.
2014 Radio interview in spanish for 3ZZZ ethnic community radio station‚ FM 92.3 MHz. Melbourne‚ Australia.
2014 Radio interview for ABC Mid-North Coast station about the Hello Koala project‚ Port Macquarie‚ NSW‚ Australia.
2014 "Kidnapped koala Starry Soul back in place on Port Macquarie's Town Green"‚ Port Macquarie‚ NSW‚ Australia.
2015 Empty 02 Magazine. Piece "Dark Drug Rose". Sydney‚ Australia.
2015 6YL Magazine. Issue 4: POWER. Pieces "Surf Introspective"‚ "The Ride" & "Xolotl Spirit". Sydney‚ Australia.
2016 KALEIDO Magazine. Issue 3: CATALYST. Piece: "They Didn't Know We Were Seeds". Sydney, Australia.
2016 ARTSpread Summer Edition, selected artist. 4000 copies distributed throughout Cornwall, United Kingdom.
2016 The8Percent blog "Artist of the Week" note. Melbourne, Australia.
2017 "Mural Art Development: Mexico, Japan, Australia" talk, Saitama Museum of Modern Art in Japan. Interviewed by Australian lecturer Zara Papp (Associate Professor of Saitama University). Seriatim, Japan.
Primarily a self-taught artist‚ Goya Torres artistically draws inspiration from her Mexican heritage‚ traditions and culture‚ as well as nature‚ street art and pop surrealism. She predominatelyI uses a mix traditional media such as oils‚ acrylics‚ spray-paint and printmaking techniques on canvas‚ paper and wood. She has also painted fibreglass sculptures for public art trails and murals.
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