As a Sarasota photographer, one of my favorite parts of this project is hearing all the fantastic and inspiring stories that these women have. I love learning what these women have been through, what they have accomplished, and how they have preserved. It is truly inspiring!
Our next gorgeous woman from our Fabulous 40 project is…..Mara Torres!
Mara Torres González is an artist born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, currently living in Sarasota, Florida.
Mara has expressed her creativity since her early childhood. She started taking art classes at the age of four at ‘Liga de Arte de San Juan’ in Puerto Rico, where, as the youngest of the group, one of her paintings was selected for a group exhibition.
She continued the journey through her childhood and had artist Betsy Padín as her mentor, being transcendental in her artistic formation. After graduating from high school in 1997 with an Art Honor Award, Mara continued to acquire formal art studies at the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico, where she studied with Artist Professors Rafael Rivera Rosa, Carlos Marcial, Luis Felipe López, Julio Suárez, Charles Juhasz, Elizam Escobar, amongst others. She graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting.
Since then, she has lived through art in various ways, as an artist and event designer. Some highlights of her event designer career include a partnership in 2017 with celebrity event designer Preston Bailey. Mara also designed the wedding of NBA player José Juan Barea with Miss Universe Puerto Rico Viviana Ortiz.
Her greatest accomplishment at the moment is opening her art studio and gallery in Sarasota, where she will showcase her work and other modern contemporary artists from Sarasota and Puerto Rico.
The quote that defines her is, “When words are simply not enough, I create. When I need to be heard, I create. I’ve found my voice in art.” — MARA TORRES GONZáLEZ
At the age of 17, her parents allowed her to go to art school in France or New York, and she decided to stay in art school in Puerto Rico. Her advice to her seventeen year old (she started college at seventeen) would be, “Don't stay, GO. While in art school, TRAVEL. While traveling, LEARN from other cultures.”
She wanted to be a part of the Fabulous 40 project because she loved the idea of being a part of a group of 40 fabulous women with different stories, cultures, and backgrounds. Her favorite part of this experience has been being behind the lens of a photographer she has never met or worked with before.
Mara just opened her art studio + gallery in Sarasota, Florida. There will be different workshop opportunities, including acrylic pour, abstract art, alcohol ink, encaustic, and others. She strongly believes in the power of community, opening the doors to contribute with other artists in the area. At the gallery, she will showcase her work and the work of other modern contemporary artists.
Want to learn more about Mara and her art studio? Follow her at the links below!