Joaquín Torres García’s father, Joaquim Torras Fradera, was of a Catalan origin and the artist’s mother, Maria Garcia Pérez, came from Montevideo, Uruguay and had ancestors from Andalusia and Canary Islands.
Joaquín Torres García was born on July 28, 1874, in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was a son of Joaquim Torres Fradera, a small merchant, and María García Pérez. He had a brother Gaspar and a sister Inés.
Torres García spent his childhood in Montevideo. He decided to become a painter at an early age. When he was seventeen, the family relocated to his father’s hometown in Spain called Mataró. A year later, they moved to Barcelona.
Torres García was impressed by the traces of an ancient culture he found in the city. The picturesque views of Barcelona had an influence on his later art.
From an early age, Torres García developed an antipathy to the realism in art and tried to make paintings which created their own reality.