Orlando Torres' interest in designing began early in life. Under the heavy influences of his father who was an architect and grandfather who was a carpenter, it was only natural that he would follow in the family tradition. Receiving his first airbrush from his farther at the age of nine, Orlando began experimenting with his new found love. Soon afterwards, Orlando attended I.S.88; a Brooklyn based Junior High School. It is here where New York's art movement, known as "Graffiti" thrived during the late seventies. Surrounded by Graffiti artist, Orlando immediately became involved in the art form, which set him on a path, that later paved the road to his future career as a designer. Given the name RINE, by a leading talent from the movement who went by the name NAS, Orlando headed to the streets to make a name for himself as an artist.
 
Art and Design High School changed everything; Graffiti artists from all five boroughs attended this prestigious school during the early eighties, which was documented in the book, Hip Hop Files by Martha Cooper. He soon joined forces with talented artists such as PASE, SCORE, RAL, and REMO. Orlando aka RINE then explored the ideas of taking his work from the streets to canvas, clothing, and murals. The partnership of these five artists brought about the creation of CB5 (Creative By Five), where a mixture of styles became the catalyst for them to all be recognized for their ability to create amazing works, which incorporated fine art and Graffiti. Murals such as the one completed at John Jay High School, 1981, helped launch Orlando's career. After several murals and exhibitions, his talent began to bring him the exposure needed to establish himself as an artist and designer. Orlando "RINE" Torres became a respected talent in his community. His work as an artist had soon opened the doors for an opportunity to become an apprentice jeweler at the age of seventeen. Orlando's artistic abilities have been acknowledged in several New York City and Florida based publications, such as The Prospect Press, and The Village Voice, and The Miami Herald. Press coverage included several murals and community participation in New York City and Miami Florida.

As recently as 2002, The Miami Herald recognized Orlando as he led an instructional workshop for a Miami based Girl Scout troop. His workshop covered topics such as: concepts of jewelry design, precious metals, and precious stones. Orlando has also donated many artworks to several church based organizations. In 2006, Flamingo Road Church located in Broward County, commissioned Orlando to design a logo for their kindergarten program; the design became the children's mascot, class murals, and program theme. In addition, the church known as Faith that Pleases God, which is locate in Brooklyn New York, commissioned Orlando to design t-shirts for their Youth Fellowship program. Additionally, Orlando has instructed and lectured jewelry designs concepts at Miami-Dade College, North Campus and The Gemological Institute of America, located in New York City, and has been a member of The Manufacturers Jewelers and Silversmiths of America organization. Currently Orlando is an active member and holds the position of Communication Secretary for the Florida chapter of The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights.

After 33 years of designing and manufacturing in the jewelry industry, Orlando has reached a milestone, over three decades have passed since receiving his first airbrush. Orlando has refined his skills as an artist, jeweler, and now a digital designer. From New York City to Miami Florida, Orlando "RINE" Torres continues today to dedicate himself to the art of design.


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