Landscape of a cemetery on the coast in San Juan

jonathan torres, La Batea (2022). Oil on canvas. 39 x 47 in.

I’m a Puerto Rican artist from San Juan, now based in Brooklyn, NY. Working with paintings and sculptures, a recurring feature in my works is the indication of otherworldliness and living in the diaspora.
I am working on a series of mixed media landscape paintings, portraits, still life, and sculptures. This body of works represents fictional, mythological, and true events in real and recognizable spaces between Puerto Rico and New York. An altered reality that reflects repressed fantasies with a veil of premonition.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.