the relationship between the masculinity I represent and the ink-wash painting technique I use, is fluidity, blurring and ambiguity
For an artist born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Nicasio Torres creates work that’s decidedly on the darker, less crystal-clear side.
Know primarily for his fashion illustration and his ink wash paintings, Nicasio has made a name for himself with imagery that touches upon the subject of masculinity but then deconstructed or reshaped: blurry, uncertain, sensual, fragile.
His approach to male beauty is highly personal – an outlook he encourages with his students at various schools in Barcelona. “My work as a teacher is a job that I enjoy a lot”, he begins. “And I can also combine it with other projects.”
The advantage Nicasio has is that through his experience as a freelance illustrater, he is able to help each student to find “their own artistic language in order to develop their own projects from a personal point of view and with freedom.”
That personal point of view is what’s commonly called an artist’s signature. In Nicasio’s works it recurs as “the relationship between the masculinity I represent and the ink-wash painting technique I use, is fluidity, blurring and ambiguity”, he elaborates. “It could even be said that it stems from a certain mystery, in movement and constant change.”
Nicasio tends to work intuitively, letting himself be led be the moment he’s in. When he works with fashion clients, this element of his work comes to the foreground the most, he says.
“I try to understand the aesthetics and values of the brand itself and then interpret it in my own artistic language”, he explains. When Komono asked him to collaborate on the Signature Series, Nicasio only needed a moment to find the right approach, too. “It was clear that I had to do it through the ink-wash painting, in black and white”, he says. “On the one hand, I wanted to work with the face as that element of each person that identifies us, that is in some way our own signature, but at the same time is full of mystery.”
He continues: “on the other hand, I really liked the minimalist and geometric aesthetic that characterizes the universe of KOMONO. In that sense, I could relate the human aspect to the different models of watches of the new Signature collection, where each watch has its own character, too.”