© 2019 by Lali Torma


Surface Pilgrim


My artistic practice started as a part-time, self-taught balancing act during my life in Canada. The first experiments with color and movement were influenced by the North American Abstract Expressionists (Jackson Pollok, Jean-Paul Riopelle) and came from a quest for color and free expression and a thirst for unseen forms and patterns.  By 2014, art took a primary place in my life when I moved to Berlin and added new dimensions to my experimentations:  post-Painterly Abstraction, Conceptual Art, Op Art, Minimalism and a continued interest for Asian Art (Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, Mark Rothko, Sol le Witt, Yayoi Kusama, Hiroshi Sugimoto and many others).  Originally a purely acrylic painter, I have discovered other forms of expression in installations, objects, digital drawing and, in the last years, calligraphic ink drawing.


Results may have varied over time, but my process is the same: firstly, I choose the color according to my feelings and, then, a starting point. The final and most important act is to let everything flow freely allowing for accidents, but most importantly, for the surprise, the novelty and discovery of the “unseen” within the self.  The movements are simple, looking for primitive impulses so as to dissolve the complexity, restrictiveness and ambiguity of language and figurative representation, a transcendental quest away from intellectualism. The surfaces generated are representations of a subconscious full of imagery, exposed to a multitude of patterns in my every day environment, but mostly in nature where they thrive freely. These patterns of energy in movement become live membranes remodeled by my emotions and inner thoughts.


Romanian-Canadian, b. 1975, Oneşti (Romania), lived in Montreal (Canada) and Berlin (Germany), presently based in Nice (France)



Exhibitions, Projects and Publications

2019 – “Forma - Figur - Exemplar” – Weartberlin Gallery - Berlin Art Week - group show

2019 – Weartberlin Gallery - Hamburg Art Fair – Group Show – Hamburg, Germany

2019 – In collection at Art and Design Foundation  (https://artdesignfoundation.org/en/artist/lali-torma)

2018 – “All over the Map” – artist group Janzen/Ságy/Torma – within NO (B)ORDERS – Group Show – Netzwerk freier Projekträume und -initiativen – Senate of Berlin - Berlin, Germany (http://www.projektraeume-berlin.net/termin/no-b-orders/)

2018 – The Woven Tale Press magazine – site review - international (http://wtpcentral.thewoventalepress.net/2018/06/11/site-review-lali-torma/)

2017 – Weartberlin Gallery - Köln Liste – Art Fair – Group Show – Köln, Germany

2017 – “Darker” – Monti Café – Solo Show – Berlin, Germany

2017 – Professional Artist Magazine - cover of February/March 2017 issue – “Prism 4 - Open Heart Furnace” - International

2016 – Weartberlin Gallery - Hamburg Art Fair – Group Show – Hamburg, Germany (http://www.weartberlin.de/artists/lali-torma

2016 – “Anima Lamina”  - ECC Weißensee - Artist Collective –– Solo Show – Berlin, Germany

2016 – “Prisms – Selection”  - Monti Café – Solo Show – Berlin, Germany

2016 – “Borders of Canada”  - ECC Weißensee - Artist Collective – Solo Show - Berlin - Germany

2015-2016 – Humboldt University – Humboldt Innovation Department – Artist in Residence – Berlin, Germany

2015 – “Time Series” - Berliner Liste art fair – Solo Show – Berlin, Germany

2015 – “Digital Series” - ECC Weißensee - Artist Collective -  within Group Show – Open Studios – Berlin, Germany

2015 – “Prisms” - ECC Weißensee – Artist Collective – Solo Show -  Berlin, Germany

2014 – “Ist Pantomime eine Sprache?”  - a C. Mach project (ESF, CQ and “Projekt Archiv e.V art collaboration) - Video and Photography – Berlin, Germany

2013 –Thomson Reuters – Multiple Client Events – Photography - Paris - France

2009 – McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management - MBA Lounge – Group Show – Montreal, Canada

2004 – “Women in Spring”  - Romanian Consulate – Group Show - Montreal – Canada



2010 – Corso professionale per l'applicazione di resine per pavimenti e rivestimenti – Resin Application Professional Course - Teknai -  Milano, Italy

2009 – McGill University – Master of Business Administration – Montreal, Canada

2001 – John Molson School of Business – Bachelor of Business Administration – Montreal, Canada

1993 – Philology and History High School – European Bachelor Degree – Modern Languages – Oneşti, Romania