Philippe Torrecilla, born in Orléans in 1957, lives and works in Paris. Since the days of his adolescence, artistic restlessness inspired within him the need to create.
For three years he had apprenticed to painter Mac Avoy, acquiring the master’s artistic and spiritual expertise.
Philippe’s professional research into the quality of the trait and the fluidity and rhythm of lines, led him to the particularly demanding field of fashion design. He went on to work as a stylist for Givenchy, Yves Saint-Laurent and Inès de la Fressange.
In 2010 he felt the need to look beyond the exaltation of the trait. Within the framework of Paris’ School of Fine Arts (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts), advised and encouraged by his professors – Antoine Benard-Nioré, Fabienne Oudart and Jean- Marc Thommen – he delved into the observation of the human body as a way of confronting his quest.
From the trace left from charcoal on paper, to the intensity of the trait that thickens into deep black, Philippe Torrecilla dresses bare bodies with shadows and highlights like he used to do during his days in fashion, the so-called “living art”.
Philippe has had solo exhibitions in Galerie Guenegaud, Paris, and has participated in several group exhibitions in Paris’ cultural centres and town halls.
Many of his artworks make part of private collections in France.