Madrid-born Maria Torroba studied Fine Art at the Academia de Dibuja y Pintura (PEÑA) in 1980Initially a painter of nature studies in watercolour, Torroba has subsequently shifted her focus to imagery of the Renaissance, the golden age of Spain and other European nations.

 

With this change in subject, she has embraced textile media, juxtposing oil paint with fabric collage. Drawing on the traditions of portraiture from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, Torroba's works incorporate Spanish and Belgian linens, antique lace embroidered by her grandmother, ribbons, hessian and even shells collected on her travels, as well as found papers which reference both the motifs of the Renaissance age and hint at contemporary media.

 

Torroba has two works in the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Marmolejo, and has other portraits held in private collections in Mexico, Argentina, London and Shanghai.