Jose Antonio Torres Martino passed away on Friday, April 22nd at the age of 94. In addition to being known as a painter and writer, he is also credited as having been a pioneer in radio and television journalism in Puerto Rico.
Torres studied paint at the Pratt Institute in New York, but returned to Puerto Rico and begin a career in radio. At only 22, he founds a magazine in Puerto Rico for radio journalism.
He became a full time painter in the 40s, spending time in New York studying again and also travelling Europe. Upon his return home to Puerto Rico he founded both the School of Plastic Arts and the Center for Puerto Rican Art. In 1951 he co-founded and lead the Press and Television Guild as its president.
As a man, he is now lost to Puerto Rico. As an inspiration, he will live on forever.