SQN Sport is pleased to announce a collaboration with Torquato, curated by Tracey Ross of Malibu, CA. Michael Torquato has installed several of his artworks, custom painted SQN Sport Garments, and custom painted surfboards in the SQN Sport Malibu Store.
Tracey Ross, of the famous former Tracey Ross Boutique in Los Angeles, has curated a holiday pop up of Michael Torquato de Nicola at SQN Sport at the Malibu Country Mart. The pieces range from his surfboards, to artworks, to custom pained SQN pieces. The theme of the pop up is, “Yes You Can” based on his action hero figure that is embodied in all of his work. An essential positive message to reinforce what is possible. The garments, surfboards, and artworks all have this message painted, screened or written on them. Michael considers himself a primitive modern artist while he is able to reflect the best of the graffiti artists of the west coast. His use of layering, texture, and object is not an easy task to pull off, which he does beautifully.
Michael Torquato deNicola is a world traveling and award winning surfer, artist and filmmaker. Mike grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art, using his surfing experiences to translate to reef paintings that reflect the sense of the ocean.
Born and raised in Southern California, he is a life long surfer with much of his inspiration coming from the Ocean and his experiences around the globe in locations such as Indonesia, Iceland, Samoa, Peru, The Galapagos Islands and more.
Mike started surfing at the age of 12 and was competing with the US team by age 19. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic and creative pursuits, and the business of surf and art. Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Mike’s boards tell the story of his relationship with the Oceans from around the globe. If Mike’s surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns and forms.
Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company and creating and producing Red Bull’s ‘5X’ series, seen on FOX, NBC and Fuel TV which feature a new format of competitive surfing. Mike produced and art directed the award-winning documentary ‘The Westsiders’ and most recently the feature film ‘Chapter and Verse’ to be released early 2017.
Mikes visual works have appeared in galleries, art fairs, film festivals and TV screens around the world over the past 20 years. His work will be on display at the SQN Malibu Store at the Malibu Country Mart through December.