Personal Statement

As an immigrant, I often get asked about my nationality because of my accent and physical appearance. Perhaps this should not be relevant anymore in a city with such a highly diversified population as Los Angeles.  However, the American perception of “Mexican” is oftentimes wrong. For instance, we are not all undocumented, even though this is often assumed. Not all Spanish speakers are Mexican, Spanish is spoken in many countries. Therefore, my latest art pieces have been focused on those who have been alienated at work and in society due to these, and other, assumptions. My art pieces break through the prejudices, labels, tags, and stereotypes to acknowledge these human beings, their existence, and their hard work.  It is a fact that it is through their hard toil that they have also made this nation a great nation. It is through our hard work; natural born citizens, new immigrants, and undocumented people, that we have made this country of ours the place where people from around the world can come and freely pursue the “American Dream”.  

 

CVV

Hedy Torres

EDUCATION

2018                            Master of Arts, Painting, California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA

 

2016                            Bachelor of Arts, Painting and Drawing, California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA

 

2013                            Associate in Arts, Painting, Porterville College. Porterville, CA

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2018 – Present            Housing Coordinator, Brilliant Corners, Los Angeles, CA

 

2019 – Present            Art Instructor, Tzedek America, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017 – 2018                Graduate Assistant, Painting Lab, California State University, Northridge,        Northridge, CA

 

2017 – 2018                Volunteer, Coach and Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

2016 – 2018                Treasurer, CSUN Painting Guild,California State University, Northridge,          Northridge, CA

 

2014 – 2018                Uber

 

2014 – 2015                Gold’s Gym, Personal Trainer, Simi Valley, CA

 

2009 – 2013                Doctor Salas Office, Medical Clerk, Porterville, CA

 

AWARDS

 

2021                            Honorable Mention, Irvine Fine Arts, Exhibition curated by Taylor Bythewood-Porter

 

2017                           Matador Credit Union Scholarship

 

SOLO EXHIBTIONS

 

2019                            Invisible Hands: Eleven Million. Buena Park’s Fine Arts, Buena Park, CA

 

2018                            Invisible Hands: Eleven Million.TIOH Arts & Culture, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017                           Invisible Hands: Eleven Million.Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles, CA

 

2017                            Eleven Million.  Sponsored by CSUN Galleries, Matador Credit Union, Art council. CSUN West Gallery, Northridge, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

2022                            El Futuro es Queer Mercado. PRPGMX, Mexico City

            

2022                            All Media 2022. Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA

 

2022                            Como Frida. Tonalli Studio, East Los Angeles, CA

 

2022                            Begin/ Again. Open Mind Art, Santa Monica, CA

 

2022                            Divina Madre. Tonalli Studio, East Los Angeles, CA

 

2022                            Come Together. Open Gallery, Long Beach, CA

 

2022                            Formas De Familia. Artbug Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2022                            Amor Eterno. Tonalli Studio, East Los Angeles, CA

 

2022                            Intergalactic Open. Shock Boxx, Hermosa Beach, CA

 

2021                            35 x 35 Bicentennial. Departamento de Asuntos Culturales, Los Angeles, CA

 

2021                            All Media 2021. Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA

 

2020                            Brand 48 Works on Paper. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA

 

2020                            Don’t Touch Your Face. Shock Boxx, Hermosa Beach, CA

 

2020                            Paint: Medium as Power in a Time of Crisis. Barret Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

2020                            The Same Thing Every day.Moorpark College Art Gallery, Moorpark, CA

 

2019                            The 35x35 Self & Identity. Centro Cultural Cinematografico, Los Angeles, CA

 

2019                            Brand 47 Works on Paper. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA

 

2019                            Los Angeles Paint Itself. Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles, CA                              

2019                            We Rise 2019. Online Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2019                            33rdAnnual La Luzapalooza Exhibition. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los                                            Angeles, CA

 

2019                            LA Open 2019. TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2018                            2018 California Open Exhibition. TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2018                            Hear Our Voices. Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA

 

2018                            2018 CSUN Graduate Exhibition. CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA

 

2017                            (Re) Composition: A call and Response Between Artist and Writers. CSUN West Gallery, Northridge, CA

 

2017                            CSUN Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.CSUN Art Galleries, Northridge, CA

 

2017                            Metamorphosis: The Human Stories. Atlantic City, NJ; Dresden, Germany: Gyumri, Armenia; Columbus, OH; Beaumont, TX

 

2016                             Brand 44 Works on Paper.Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA

 

2016                            Incoming Graduate Student Exhibition. CSUN Shed Gallery, Northridge, CA

2015                            Juried Art Exhibition the LGBT Show.Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA

 

2015                            Meet the Guild. CSUN West Gallery, Northridge, CA

 

2013                            Porterville College Student Art Exhibition. Porterville College, Porterville, CA

COLLECTIONS

 

2021                            More People Than You Know, “A Gift to The World.”Metro Art LA, Los Angeles, CA 

 

2018                            Working Progress. USU Student Art Collection, CSUN, Northridge, CA.]

 

​PUBLIC ART

 

2017                            CSUN We Rice Mural: Spring semester collaboration with classmates           working on Mural. Northridge, CA  

 

PUBLICATIONs

 

Orange County Breeze. (2019). Invisible Hands: Eleven Million by Hedy Torres | Orange County Breeze. [online] Available at: http://www.oc-breeze.com/2019/05/26/139266_invisible-hands-eleven-million-by-hedy-torres/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2019].

 

Stories, L. (2019). Meet Hedy Torres - Voyage LA Magazine | LA City Guide. [online] Voyagela.com. Available at: http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-hedy-torres-hedy-torres-invisible-hands-eleven-million-east-la/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2019].

 

 

Arts.tioh.org. (2019). Hedy Torres Invisible Hands: Eleven Million TIOH Arts and Culture. [online] Available at: https://arts.tioh.org/event/hedy-torresinvisible-hands-eleven-million/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2019].

 

 

Martinez, C. (2017). Graduate Student Gives a Voice to Undocumented Students Through Artwork. [online] The Sundial. Available at: https://sundial.csun.edu/112040/arts-entertainment/graduate-student-gives-a-voice-to-undocumented-students-through-artwork/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2019].

 

 

Barajas, J. (2017). Retratos de Resiliencia Destacan las Injusticias de Donald Trump al Revocar DACA | La Opinión. [online] La Opinión. Available at: https://laopinion.com/2018/05/04/retratos-de-resiliencia-destacan-las-injusticias-de-donald-trump-al-revocar-daca/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2019].