Art Talk: Create with Jimmi Toro
In this engaging and interactive Art Talk, artist Jimmi Toro will look at his current body of work while sharing ideas about how one can challenge skills, expand creativity and begin to focus on a style that becomes uniquely one's own. Looking at how an artist progresses from drawing as a child, through their teenage years and into adulthood, Toro will be talking about what makes mature art, and how to recognize that development in one's work. Toro will be showing examples of his own progression by displaying a collection of pieces that he has kept throughout his years of pursuing art—from childhood through today.
As part of the Art Talk, Toro will invite the audience to participate in some simple drawing exercises that anyone can do. For the non-artist, they are entertaining and fun, but even to the serious artist, they are useful in challenging the way one looks at the world and how one approaches their own art. These ideas can apply to any artist no matter what medium and style they are using.
Jimmi Toro is an American contemporary artist, painter, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. His art speaks to a balance of control and chaos, primarily focusing on the human face and anatomy in general.
Toro demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, drawing and painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. After that, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, illustrations and ideas. His artistic influences include the surrealism of Joan Miró, the prolific variety of Pablo Picasso, the pure indulgence of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. Some of his current influences include Daniel Ochoa, Rojelio Manzo, Miguel Leal and Alexey Kurbatov.
His musical style incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, psychedelic, progressive rock, alternative rock, symphonic rock and electronica. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Toro plays all the piano, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion among other instruments, including the use of electronic equipment. His musical influences are in part from late classical and Romantic era composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frédéric Chopin among others. He additionally draws influence from more contemporary composers, namely Bellamy, York, Paige and will.i.am.