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John Torreano


John Torreano

John Torreano (b. 1941, Michigan) is an American artist, best known for utilizing faceted gems in a variety of mediums and methods in order to create "movement oriented perception" in his works.

Torreano grew up in a large Catholic family and this has influenced his artistic practice; he always uses of jewels serving as a metaphor for vigil lights. Other religious influences appear in his pieces as well while in recent years his paintings have used gems to create space-like constellations. Throughout his career, Torreano has investigated the properties of real and fake gemstones in the differing contexts of lighting, placement and materials. Artist Richard Artschwager described Torreano's works as „paintings that stand still and make you move“.

Torreano’s works have been exhibited in several museums and institutions, amog all: Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis and many others. His series of paintings titled "TV Bulge" were featured in the 1969 Whitney Biennial.

John Torreano (b. 1941, Michigan) lives and works in New York City.


1967 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; MFA

1963 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; BFA

1961 Flint Community Junior College, Flint, MI; AA



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