LongeviQuest is saddened to report the passing of Luis Torras Martínez. He was born in Vigo, Galicia, Spain on 29 December 1912, and passed away on 14 January 2024, at the age of 111 years, 16 days. Torras Martínez had recently lost his wife, María Jesús Incera, a few months ago, which was a major blow to his morale. He was Spain’s oldest man and the oldest painter in the world.

Torras Martínez received his early education at the College of the Marist Brothers before joining the family cherry business. He honed his artistic skills at a Vigo academy and later pursued formal training at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid. However, his studies were interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, during which he served in the army and sustained significant injuries that left him deaf. Following the war, he returned to Madrid, earned his drawing teacher qualification, and eventually taught at institutions in both Madrid and Vigo.

Luis Torras Martinez and his wife in a photo taken in 2023.
(Source: https://www.farodevigo.es/sociedad/2024/01/15/muere-111-anos-pintor-vigues-96936895.html)

Despite being well into his 100s, Torras Martínez remained creatively engaged until very recently. He painted and kept exploring new ideas. As he said in a recent interview, “You always learn something new; I’m always researching.” He had been married since 1946 to his wife, who had been his muse in numerous paintings. While he continued to paint, he shifted focus, gifting his future works to the Vigo City Council to enrich their collection.

LongeviQuest is extending our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mr. Luis Torras Martínez.

LongeviQuest is delighted to announce that Spain’s oldest known living man turned 111 years old. Luis Torras Martínez was never a fan of festivities, so he celebrated his 111th birthday discreetly with just celebratory wishes from friends and family in Vigo, Galicia, Spain. He is currently the oldest living active painter in the world, the oldest known living man in Spain, and the oldest known living person in Galicia.

Luis Torras, in his studio a year ago.
(Source: https://www.atlantico.net/articulo/vigo/discreto-111-cumpleanos-pintor-vigues-luis-torras/202312290130401013223.html)

Luis Torras Martínez was born in Vigo, Galicia, Spain on 29 December 1912. He is a husband and a father to one son. Just as the Spanish Civil War erupted in 1936, Torras Martinez, on school break, joined the army in Vigo. Fighting on the northern front, he was wounded twice, one bullet near his brain, leaving him permanently deaf.

After completing his studies, Torras became a professor of drawing. He thrived in this role, teaching first in Madrid and then in 1954 at Vigo’s School of Arts and Crafts. His talent was recognized through awards, including a second prize at the 1960 Vigo regional exhibition and a third medal at the 1962 National Gallery of Fine Arts.