José Roberto Torrent Prats was born on 8
September 1904 in Ciutadella de Menorca
to a straightforward family.
childhood he showed great interest in
drawing and painting, being taught by
In his beginnings, he devoted himself to
Modernist illustration and humorous
drawings, winning several national
prizes. He also painted by order. At the
age of 21 he called two of his Works as
a woodland scene
and a Country House, in which incipient
brush strokes stood out.
Shoe-heel manufacturer in a family run
company., Torrent alternated between his
work and his artistic vocation He
gained the position as a teacher in the
local School of Painting. He worked
there for 40 years, up to 1975, despite
the bad times of that period..
illustrations, drawing caricatures and
graphic-drawing. He also did some
colaborations drawing some designs and
illustrations for fashion and literary
magazines. He won some prizes like the
one of Posters for the School of Fine
Arts in Barcelona, or the one of the
Association of Cartoonists in Madrid. In
1936 he got married to Rita Llopis,
Margarita and Rafael´s mother.
some drawings form the Spanish Civil War
period kept in the Convent of Santa
Clara before it was destroyed.
During the post-war period,
Torrent devoted himself to his work and
family. In 1942 his first wife died and
three years later, in 1945, he got
married to Joana Campins, having two
children Carlos and Pilar. By the end of
the decade, he started painting more
seriously, using the Impressionist style.
However, he never stopped working in his
He gave his
first single exhibition in Menorca which
was very successful. Thus he decided to
travel to Mallorca where he made contact
with painters belonging to the so-called
School of Pollensa. He then prepared a
successful exhibition in Palma. With
he won the 9th Salón de Otoño of Palma
The 50s. He
started to be well-known thanks to his
He made some proposals but he never
managed to get one patented. He
travelled to Paris and to the North of
Spain looking for new topics for his
paintings and ways of painting.
( John the Madman) a fundamental work in
which he used an expressionist
brushstroke of the landscape linked to
the psychological situation of the
charácter. He eliminated the shadows,
raised the horizon, cleared the palette
of dark colours and reinterpreted the
landscapes using a Post-impressionist
During this decade, Pepe Torrent
participated in different competitions
in the Balearic Islands, Barcelona and
Madrid. It was the time of the
and first prizes
(he received up to
twenty). He was the most awarded painter
reached greatness and the colours and
brushstrokes he used made his work
easily recognizable thanks to his very
In 1969 he
CIUTAT DE PALMA prize with
farmhouse) and the prize
The Two Goats.
1976 his second wife, Joana Campins,
died. He gave up the classes in the
Local School of Painting and retired
from his family run heel factory. Thus,
painting became the most absorbing
activity in his life.
times he created his own universe,
inventing his own world from an imagery
of memories. He used daring colours and
formal schematic forms, born from his
will to experiment and his search for
in which one can already feel a more
intense expresión of his feelings, such
as those which link mother to child.
The 80s. He
began to be honoured and given
recognitions for his work.
publication ”Mestros actuales de la
pintura y escultura catalanas” (Present
Masters of Catalan Painting and
Sculpture) published a volume called
Torrent written by the art critic Joseph M.
Garrut, it was the first in depth study
of Torrent´s work.
To mark the
ocasión of the opening of the Sala de
Cultura de Sa Nostra in Ciutadella, the
Aixi de gran
(So Big) with
written texts by Gabriel Juiià and Joan
Elorduy was published.
80s Torrent made a psychological turn in
his paintings and purified his imagery
and focused on the human figure. The
formats became smaller.in order to focus
on the individual and his existential
drama. His work became intimate,
purified, essential, almost schematic,
but keeping the figurative ways. The
topic of his painting became the
greatness of living and the value of
human and family relationships. He
painted lonely elderly characters in
cold or bright sceneries like
painted very sensitive paintings like
Granfather and Son.
On 28 July
1990 in the Casa de Cultura he was given
a warm homage by the Council and the
town of Ciutadella in recognition of his
Torent died on 13 November in Ciutadella
School Pintor Torrent
de Menorca organizad an itinerant
exhibition around the island called
(The Last Torrent) with his
latest most expressionistic painting.
was opened in Ciutadella de Menorca. It
is devoted to his life and work and is
run by the Asociació d´Amics del Pintor
Torrent (Friends of Torrent Association).
City Council of Ciutadella dedicated a
monument to his memory with
made by Pere Pavia, located in the
street named after him.
Consell de Menorca declares
Year) as a homage to the artist,
which coincided with the centenary of
Council of Ciutadella named him
Ilustre” (illustrious figure). An
itinerant exhibition around the island
is held/made together with a catalogue
with comentaries and another more
intimate exhibition called
“El món amagat
de Torrent” (torrent´s Hidden
Here are some
extracts, such as the video, for this
from the Diputacion Provincial de Baleares. IX autumn exhibition of Palma.
The Falcon, 1948.
prize autumn exhibition, Palma. Hotel Revillie,
Spring Competition of Pro Museum of Modern Art in Palma. Honorary mention,
medal, XIII autumn exhibition of Palma. The Farmhouse 1954.
place, autumn exhibition of Palma. The Old People, 1955.
1959 Medal of
honour, XIII autumn exhibition of Palma. Mill in Mercadal, 1959.
1960 Medal of
honour, XIX autumn exhibition of the Circle of Fine Arts of Palma.
Square, 1960 at present in the General Technical office of the Town Hall of
Palma de Mallorca.
prize, XXXII autumn exhibition of Madrid. Boats, 1960.
prize for painting, spring exhibition of Mahon.
prize for painting, spring exhibition of Mahon.
1964 Medal of
honour, sring exhibition of Madrid for the totality of his paintings.
1964 Prize of
the Ministry for Tourism of Baleares, Palma. Menorcan field, 1964.
prize. Island Farm, 1964.
National Landscape and Culture competition of Baleares, Palma Nova prize.
Menorcan Village, 1967.
for the City of Barcelona prize, at present in the Casa de Cultura in Ciutadella. Menorcan Village, 1967.
provincial competition, Prize Ciudad de Alcudia Invvicta. Alcudia Town Hall. The
Red Belfry, 1967.
CIUDAD DE PALMA, at present in the Casal Solleric in the Town Hall of Palma.
Mallorcan Country House, 1968.
CIUDAD DE BARCELONA at present in the National Museum of Art in Catalunya (MNAC),
The Goats, 1969.
ANSIBA (Fine Arts Group), Palma, in recognition of his work in fine arts.
Medal ADEBA, Palma
medal from the Ateneo of Mahon, Street Trade, 1984.