Vincent Torre first visited the Met in 1941, at age eleven, and was immediately drawn to Rembrandt’s "Old Woman Cutting Her Nails." Two years later he was painting with oils, learning through observation. During his high school years, Torre’s weekend job at the E.H. and A.C. Friedrichs Company would often take him to the studios of prominent artists, where he would stretch or disassemble canvases. It was Marcel Vertes who advised him to “Paint what is in your heart, and don’t listen to anyone,” advice Torre has followed throughout his career.
Painting still lifes and natural scenes, Torre elevates the ordinary object through his attention. “I try to bring out the poetry I see in common things,” he says, pointing to the broken fences, rusty tools, flowers, and fruit prevalent in his work. Beyond Rembrandt, Torre cites Van Gogh and Gauguin as strong influences on his work. His own paintings sit at the nexus of these three masters, unique in vision but proudly aware of the past.
Vincent Torre lives and paints on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.