Long Beach, Ca | Tor Serrano | Artist, Designer, Business & Marketing Consultant
Tor Serrano, NEPO+ CEO & Co-Founder
Tor Serrano uses they/them pronouns, you can view their projects here. Serrano received their Bachelors in Arts from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of Southern California Irvine (UCI) with a minor in Digital Arts. They hope to give back to the community by offering equitable creative workshops and inclusive events. As the co-founder, CEO of NEPO+ Community, Art & Technology (CAT) and their personal goals as an artist is to increase environmental and social awareness while restoring economic growth and increasing quality of life for underserved California community members. Sovanarry Phy and Tor Serrano established the "creative collective" NEPO+ to help aid environmental awareness for the Salton Sea and stands with nonprofit organizations like EcoMedia Compass™ whose efforts support Salton Sea restoration.
Style Guides, Media Kits, Logo Design, Mood Boards & More
Storyboarding, Video Scripting, Short Stories, Comics & Children's Book Illustration
Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, Video Game 2D Character & Sprite Creation, Web Development
Event Planning, Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Social Presence
NEPO+ Community, Art & Technology 's current project with EcoMedia Compass™, a 501C3 Non-profit is working towards bringing awareness to the environmental devastation within the Salton Sea community. The creative collective is in progress of fundraising for EcoMedia Compass' annual Earth Day event on April 23, 2022.
NEPO+ aims to be a safe, supportive, and empowering organization that works with local artists and small businesses to cultivate a more mutually beneficial community. "Through the development of pop-up events and educational workshops the goal of the participating artist is to use art and technology as a catalyst to engage with the community and bring awareness towards an opportunity to empower change".
Serrano's portfolio of art includes oil paintings, illustrations, sequential narration, digital art and animation. They believe representation in art is a key building block for better understanding and communication amongst community members.
Their early abstract paintings reference Deleuze and Guattari's rhizomatic theory. They utilize this visual language to negotiate the experience of intersectional spaces as a rejection of the organizational structure of the "root tree system" perpetuated by the american narrative that has historically left out the lived experiences of POC. Serrano's current oil paintings take structurally from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican (Mēxihcah, Aztec, Mayan, and Toltec) civilizations interwoven with the spiritual traditions of the ofrenda to unpack identity, communal generational trauma, and grief.
Serrano's Digital Art, Animation and Sequential Narration all tackle common constructed themes built by privileged systems. Similarly, their illustrative narratives, stylistically referential to tattoo culture; deconstruct the problematic images in both newspaper art and tabloid articles, by exploring how they re-enforced the foundation for the prejudice that is experienced by BIPOC daily.
Fig 1: Oil on Wood
Fig 2: Oil and Plexiglass
Fig 3: Oil on Plexiglass
The triptych of oil paintings featured (above, in order from top to bottom) at the University of California Irvine Undergraduate Art Gallery (UAG) in 2018 Is currently on display at the Nepo+ Art Studio in Long Beach, California.
Internalized phobias are the most difficult to address because it requires acceptance of our own contribution to its existence. In order to work against its continued perpetuation we need to introspectively analyze the existing visual associations and draw tangents outwardly from there.