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Totally Tico: Bon Jovi drummer is an original when it comes to making art 29 March 2008
The Coloradoan article

Source: The Coloradoan

A curator at the famed Sotheby's Auction House once told Tico Torres that every color he'd used in one of his paintings was "wrong."

"I asked, 'But did I get it right?'" the Bon Jovi drummer/artist recalled. "And he said, 'Yeah.'"

That's how Torres, who talked to the Coloradoan during a brief respite from Bon Jovi's Lost Highway Tour, plays his drums and paints his pictures: his way.

There was no art school or classic training; a fact that makes his diverse and technically detailed works that much more impressive. Torres began painting and sculpting at age 5, like most kids just playing around in the colors and the clay to see what happens. Around age 12 he got into music. "It was a lot 'cooler' to do that than paint," he joked.

It wasn't until the early '90s, when the buzz around the pop metal scene finally began to cool, when Torres finally had the time to get back to the canvas.

"The wonderful thing about being in a band is that there are four other guys and we do that together, and as an artist, this is something that I do on my own," he said.

Torres is sharing his works, including paintings and glass, ceramic and bronze sculptures, at a special exhibit at the Walnut Street Gallery showing now through April 7. He'll be at a special open house on Sunday before heading down to Denver for the band's Monday show at the Pepsi Center.


Read the rest of the article, along with some photos of Tico's paintings, by following the link below...

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