Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Julius.
Julius Torres, Producer
Q: Explain your job position.
A: I work with Canvas Chicago as a Producer. I curate, concept, create, fabricate and over all am one of the core team members. I don't like defining my position because we all do everything at Canvas, but if I had to describe it I would say a lot of my position involves creation.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: My inspiration comes from the beautiful people, experiences, and relationships that are shared in this world. As a portrait artist, I am connected with these elements and able to share these emotions through my artwork. I believe anything can be beautiful in the right light. My motivation stems from the burning desire to show the world this undefined story I have been writing in my head my whole life.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I was sleeping in my car and studio in Florida when I realized I needed to make a change in my life. I bought a one way ticket to New York City to stay with my brother, and I was only there for 2 weeks until I decided NYC wasn't for me. Then I flew to Chicago, the place I somehow knew would be my new home and incubator for my creative process.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: My favorite part of living in Chicago is Canvas and the amazing things that this city does for developing artists.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: My family and culture I grew up in most influenced my career.
Q: What has been the most memorable event you've produced and why?
A: My first big event that I produced called C.O.A was the most memorable because it was the first event that I produced with a past collective and partner, Taylor Moore called ERA Galleries. I think that was the point people started taking my work more seriously. We had a great turn out and I think we put together a fantastic production.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie Julius!