Anteaters in the Arts: David Torres

David Torres on his graduation day, courtesy of the Torres family.


“My Son, I will eternally miss you, you have left a void in our lives that the Pacific Ocean could not fill.”
— Ricardo Torres


The Claire Trevor School of the Arts community is heartbroken by the passing of recent Department of Art undergraduate David Andrew Torres (B.A. Honors ’19). Torres first joined UCI Art in 2017 after transferring from Mt. San Antonio College. He was an interdisciplinary artist developing works through several different mediums including performance, painting, sculpture, and video. After his first year, Torres was accepted into the Honors Program, where he continued to develop his work. UCI was, for Torres, an excellent place to expand his skills as an artist as he continued his pursuit of graduate school and obtaining his Masters in Art.

Torres was an advocate and member of the LGBTQ+ community and delved into his heritage, socioeconomic status, and personal life to develop his work. He was deeply admired by his UCI student colleagues and faculty and was found to be a source of light that kindled kindness and artistic growth. Professor Monica Majoli remembered Torres fondly as a delight in her classes and believed “his risk-taking, inventive, and ambitious work was inspiring to behold.” In a heartfelt letter to the community, Torres’ professor, Simon Leung, stated that “it was an honor to know him, that his presence was a tonic, [and] that he made everyone smile.” David passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Duarte, CA, after complications from his short battle with an aggressive type of leukemia. Torres made a lasting impact on others, with his spontaneous cheerfulness, brilliance, and passion for art, and he will be thoroughly missed by friends, family, and the entire UCI community.

To read more about David Torres and to donate to his legacy fund, visit the family page at
View the story in CONNECT, the quarterly magazine for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts


CONNECT - Spring 2020