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David Torres creating art in his studio

David Torres II is a NJ/NY based media artist & the creator of the SUNKEEPERS series. Influenced by art & film since childhood, David now strives to create his own video animations, which aim to contextualize a fictional world consisting of heroes & villains. David currently teaches at Rutgers University & University of Hartford.

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EDUCATION

  • 2017
  • MFA, Visual Arts
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
  • 2014
  • BFA, Painting
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • 2014
  • Art History, Concentrator
  • Rhode Island School of Design

TEACHING

  • Present
  • Adjunct Faculty (PTL)
  • The University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Intro to the Animated Image
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty (PTL)
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
  • Media 1-B
  • Drawing Fundamentals
  • 4-D Fundamentals
  • Media 3-B (Thesis)
  • Animation Independent
  • Intro to Animation
  • Intermediate Painting
  • Painting Independent
  • 2018
  • Adjunct Faculty (PTL)
  • The College of New Jersey, Ewing Township New Jersey
  • 4-D Media Foundations

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020
  • Mask
  • Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (Group Show)
  • New York, NY
  • 2019
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival
  • Ecohub
  • Kolkata, India
  • 2018
  • Runetech and Valley of The Silent Immortals
  • BigToe Gallery
  • Online Gallery
  • 2018
  • Chin Up Sad Masc Masks
  • HereArt Center (Group Show)
  • New York, NY
  • 2017
  • Stranger Loops
  • Foley Gallery (Group show)
  • New York, NY
  • 2017
  • Runetech Screening
  • Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2017
  • Action at A Distance
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery (Group Show)
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2016
  • Enter Sliff’s Fortress Screening
  • Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2016
  • Riakman Reborn Part 1 Screening
  • Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum
  • New Brunswick, NJ
  • 2015
  • Divers
  • Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery (Group Show)
  • New Brunswick, NJ

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES

  • 2019
  • Beyond Earth Film Festival
  • Best International Debut in Web and New Media
  • 2018
  • Grant Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
  • 2016
  • Rutgers MFA Summer Travels Grant
  • 2014
  • Rhode Island School of Design Honor Award
  • 2013
  • John A. Chironna Memorial Scholarship
  • 2013
  • LeRoy Neiman Foundation Oxbow Fellowship
  • 2010
  • Full Scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design
  • 2010
  • Pathfinder of Arts Scholarship
  • 2010
  • Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation

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