Cynthia Lund Torroll

Cynthia Lund Torroll


Cynthia (1956 – ) is self-taught. Her work has been recognized worldwide as part of the critical cross-section in visionary art.

“Cynthia’s drawings are haunting, enigmatic statements about the human condition – but they are celebratory too. I salute her. She is a true visionary.” –Henry Boxer, Henry Boxer Gallery, London

“Cynthia Lund Torroll’s prints and graphite drawings are almost impossibly well-rendered; their virtuosity is unquestionable.” –Chaz Bowie, The Portland Mercury, Portland, Oregon

“A rising star could be spotted at the booth of Marion Harris, New York City. Five large graphite drawings were hung moments before the doors opened for Thursday evening’s preview. The exquisite drawings were the work of self-taught Wisconsin artist Cynthia Lund Torroll who juxtaposed children’s faces with wild elements of wilderness, sharply textured tree bark, and leaves. Her surreal imagery was drawn with uncanny talent, perfectly capturing the smooth radiance of the children’s skin. Not surprisingly four of the five pieces sold on opening night.” –Carol Sims, Associate Editor, Arts, and Antiques Weekly

Artist Statement

Since I was young I have been fascinated with the strange fact, that on this plane we exist within the odd dichotomy of being both flesh and ephemera simultaneously. This is what I grapple with personally, and try to explore with my drawings. I rely heavily on symbols to depict complicated emotions and subjects. I love the instant abstraction that black and white provides and I also love that a simple tool, the pencil, can allow me to say so much.