Artist: Goya Torres
Sponsor: ABC Mid North Coast
Location: Cnr. Lord and Burrawan Streets, Port Macquarie
This koala design symbolises Port Macquarie Hastings region using different rays of colours and shapes that speak for each of its attributes: relaxing, happy, passionate and environ- mentally friendly lifestyle. These rays irradiate like the sun and come together in the centre of the koala: its visionary, fuelled and lively heart that is Port Macquarie.
Gloria Torres (aka Goya Torres) is an emerging visual artist and illustrator based in Sydney, who creates artwork with bright colours and vivid characters in a figurative-surrealist style.
Artistically, she draws inspiration from her mexican heritage, traditions and culture, as well as nature, street art and pop surrealism. She uses traditional media such as oils, pastels and pencils on canvas and paper, as well as spray paint and printmaking techniques.
Gloria has worked in publishing, game art, mural and public art. She has exhibited interstate (Australia) and internationally in Mexico, Latinoamerica, USA and Germany. She recently participated in the Wild! Rhino project organized by Taronga Zoo where she painted a life size rhino sculpture in order to raise awareness about the rhino extinction.