Tico “The Hitman” Torres is best known as the internationally famed drummer in iconic rock band, bon jovi. The group has been recording and touring for the past twenty plus years, with record sales well in excess of one hundred million and still growing.
Prior to joining Bon Jovi at the band’s inception in 1983, Tico’s musical expertise was parlayed in a solid career with live and studio drum and percussion experience performing with such greats as Miles Davis, Cher, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks and Franke and the Knockouts.
As well as an accomplished talent in music, tico excels as a creative visual artist. His artwork has been exhibited with a resounding success since 1994 in galleries and museums around the world. Most paintings and sculptures have been inspired by his vast life experiences and world travels. Unable to linger long with one style or medium, Torres has mastered all areas of the arts. Not limiting his creativity exclusively to painting, Tico has created works in bronze, ceramics and glass.
Tico is an incredibly versatile painter; his styles change and evolve as his talent grows. Many of his works are reminiscent of the German Expressionist painters of the 30′s, while others range from classical to abstract in nature.
Among Tico’s favorite pastimes is his passion for golf, consistently participating in celebrity pro-ams locally and internationally. His affinity for the sport is exquisitely showcased with his 1996 creation, “The Majors Collection;” a group of professional golfer’s life cast hand grips including; Arnold palmer, gary player, jack Nicklaus, ernie else, nick faldo, nick price, seve ballesteros and john daly. This collection expanded to professional tennis and billy jean king uses her grip as her tournament trophy to this day. The revenue generated from all sales benefits charity.
In 2001, Torres created children’s hip clothing and apparel line, Rock Star Baby, which accredited him with a vh-1 new designer of the year award. Rock Star Baby is manufactured in Germany and sold internationally.
In 2008, the Tico Torres Children Foundation was formed. This Not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 charity was developed to assist children in need to fight hunger, disease, homelessness, neglect, abuse and illness.
Tico resides in south Florida with his wife and son.