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Michael Torma

Michael Torma

About Artist

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  • Artist Statement

    In the excitement of contemporary realism, Mike Torma artworks celebrate the rhythm of the human form, and the appeal of various places and past-times.

    places, and past-times. They arise both from inspirations of opportunity, and from commissions- each within the storied atalier tradition.

  • Resume

    The son of an Air Force officer, I moved around quite a bit, beginning in rural Alabama. While still in high school (say sixty years ago), I won an emerging artists award in Savannah, Georgia, for the watercolor "Thunderbolt.".

    My Bachelor of Arts degree was earned at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. While there, I had a piece exhibited at the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery. During the same period, for a yarn called "Down in Alabama," I won the Kansas City Star's Hemingway award for best short story of 1964. Throughout my undergraduate years, I did portraits and sold other artworks to earn money for medical school.

    I studied art briefly at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaus-Arts in Paris, France.

    I was graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1968. Internship and residency in general surgery in San Antonio followed, thence a research fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery in Salt Lake City.

    Thereafter, a combined medical and military career in the US Air Force (1967-1992) ensued. I ultimately rose to the rank of Brigadier General, last serving as Command Surgeon for Strategic Air Command.

    Through it all, I continued to paint and to exhibit. For example, there were showings at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, Virginia, and at the Coleman Gallery, York, Alabama. I won the all-Air Force art competition in the late eighties. I used leave time for studies with Martha Mayer Ehrlebacher, Anthony Ryder, and other artistic mentors.

    I became chairman of surgical services at Presbyterian in Dallas in 1992, and moved to Shreveport in 1996 at the behest of the Biomedical Research Foundation. When that grant work ended, the Tormas had already decided to call Shreveport home. Working in the Willis-Knighton system in wound care and hyperbaric medicine, I wound up my medical career in 2012.

    I've been scientist, inventor, surgeon, aviator, and general. I now devote myself full time to the pursuit of Mike Torma artworks. Juried works have qualified me for the "Roster" and "Collectible" appellations through Shreveport Regional Arts Council, and the highest exhibition tier with Bossier Arts Council. My work has received favorable press commentary from Susan Larsen, renowned art critic and art biographer. Exhibits have included Central Art Station and Artspace, both sponsored by SRAC, as well as the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum and the Norsworthy Gallery in Shreveport; 1800 Prime (through the Bossier Arts Council) in Bossier City; and the Steve Jarrett Gallery in New Orleans. My most recent solo show was at Creason's Fine Arts Galllery, also in New Orleans (October 2016). Commissioned works and gallery pieces are appearing with increasing frequency in the homes of discerning aficionados throughout the South.

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