Thomas Torak

Thomas Torak is a modern master painter working in the classical tradition. His paintings are known for their breadth and luminosity, rich color, and lively brushwork. He studied at the Art Students League with Robert Beverly Hale and Frank Mason and began teaching portraiture and figure painting there in the fall of 2008. He has won gold medals from the American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Academic Artists Association, and a silver medal from Allied Artists of America. He teaches Painting from Life and Portraiture at the Art Students League. You can see his paintings on his website and read his thoughts about the art on his blog Dammi I Colori.


  • Thomas Torak Self-Portrait at the Masur Museum

    Thomas Torak’s The Artist is on view at the Masur Museum as part of En Plein Air: The Artist and the Natural World.

  • Award for Thomas Torak's Self Portrait in Red

    Thomas Torak's Self Portrait in Red has received the DiSilvio Family Award at the Hudson Valley Art Association 85th Annual Exhibition.

  • Thomas Torak Painting Receives Award at Salmagundi Club Exhibition

    Thomas Torak received the Special Award of Continuing Excellence in Honor of Frank Mason for his painting Golden Delicious at the Salmagundi Club's Summer Members Exhibition.

  • An Award for Thomas Torak

    Thomas Torak’s Bread and Wine received the Salmagundi Club Award at the American Artists Professional League 88th Grand National Exhibition.

  • An HVAA Award for Thomas Torak

    Thomas Torak received the Georgie Read Barton Memorial Award for his painting Bread and Eggs.

  • Thomas Torak Receives Allied Artists of America Award

    Thomas Torak’s A Morning Walk won the Allied Artists of America Award at the American Artists Professional League 87th Grand National Exhibition.

  • Torak at the Gilcrease Museum

    Thomas Torak is exhibiting three paintings in the Collectors' Reserve: American Art Exhibition and Sale, 2015.

  • On Exhibition: Allied Artists of America: 100 Years

    Thomas Torak and Joseph Peller are helping celebrate Allied Artists of America's one-hundreth anniversary.

  • Thomas Torak Now Represented by Helmholz

    Thomas Torak is now represented by Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester Center, VT.

  • American Artists Professional League Awards Thomas Torak "Best in Show"

    Thomas Torak's Autumn Poem was awarded the Newington Award – Best in Show at the American Artists Professional League's 86th Grand National Exhibition.

  • Thomas Torak in American Masters 2014

    Thomas Torak will be exhibiting in American Masters 2014, the sixth annual art exhibition and sale to benefit the Salmagundi Club. The show, opening October 14, features 135 works of art by 40 representational artists in the club's newly-renovated upper gallery.

  • Painting What You See

    Virtually every artist, from the time of cave painting to the dawn of non-objective art, will tell you they paint what they see. Painting what you see seems like the most obvious and simplest thing in the world…until you try to do it.

  • On My Bookshelf

    As I thought about which books are most important to me and my development as an artist, it gradually dawned on me that it would not be a reading list.

  • Thomas Torak

    Thomas Torak's Painting the Feast received the Marquis Who's Who in American Art References Award at Audubon Artists' 71st Annual Exhibition, which you can see on their site, through December 31.

  • Thomas Torak's at Sloan Merrill Gallery

    Alive with Paint is a solo show of Thomas Torak’s paintings at Sloane Merrill Gallery (Boston, MA) that runs from October 18 through November 6, 2013. The opening reception is on Friday, October 18.

  • Thomas Torak Is "Alive with Paint"

    "Alive with Paint" in the October 2013 issue of The Artist's Magazine describes painter Thomas Torak's philosophy and techniques and includes a demonstration of his above self-portrait, In the Studio.

  • The Studio Project | Thomas Torak

    When Elizabeth and I moved to Vermont nearly twenty years ago, the first thing we did was create a space to paint. Behind the attached garage there was a 16 x 24 ft. workroom the builder had used as his carpentry shop, which we thought would make a good temporary studio while we settled in.

  • The Rediscovered Velázquez

    There are some paintings I have thought about a lot and with which I have long relationships. The recently rediscovered Velázquez Portrait of a Man at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of them.

  • Thomas Torak's Nocturne Paintings

    “The paintings in this series are, like Chopin’s Nocturnes, evocative of the night. They are not illustrations of his musical pieces but rather inspired by the mysteries of nighttime.”

  • Thomas Torak in Butler Institute Midyear Exhibition

    Thomas Torak received an Honorable Mention award at the 76th National Midyear Exhibition, The Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH), June 24–August 19, 2012.