The 5’ x 4’ #DeLA #rorschach from 2012.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Armando DeLA Torre aims to delineate life through various means of artistic expression. An explorational entrepreneur, his vision continues to transgress beyond photography, digital and canvas artwork, and creative writing. Aside from his art, he remains part-owner of Guisados, a mexican restaurant located in Boyle Heights & Echo Park.
#Guisados #DTLA, since day 1, was a product of collaboration. From the kitchen to the outside decor, the details have been laid out from what we’ve learned from others. Pops killed the kitchen layout, it’s efficient and spacious (I’ll take a little credit). And my duty / challenge lied in the overall decor of this beautiful and historic space.
Over the past two years my eyes wandered all over the restaurant scene from city to city and state to state, studying the little nuances that make restaurants so unique. Learning from that, I wanted to create a beautiful location that compliment the Guisados food and the Los Angeles culture simultaneously.
But one corner of the restaurant was going to be different. I wanted to give homage to those who inspired me, those who gave me the ability to do what I love, and the ones who make Guisados such an essential addition to the city that we love.
So here it is, my favorite detail of the #DTLA location. Thank you to my friends: Shepard Fairey, Kelcey Fisher, Ray Vargas, Art Meza, Francisco, Burke Campbell, Eric Bouvet, Antonio Diaz, and my beautiful sister Clarissa De La Torre.
Not to mention the beautiful cement pendant lights by Ryan and Airi at WrkShp.
What an honor to have my work next to these remarkable people. Not to mention have them as a permanent addition to our downtown @guisados location
#inTacosWeTrust (at Guisados DTLA)