Sometimes, you’ve just got to throw something against a wall to see if it sticks. Or, if you’re a 10-year-old Luis Toache, you go all da Vinci and draw on one, instead. “When my dad came home, he said, ‘You’re going to erase this and redo this the right way.’” Two weeks later, Toache completed his first mural. He was hooked.
Fast-forward a few decades, and Toache, owner of locally based Ulises Toache Art and Design Studios, predominately paints abstract landscapes in acrylic, oil and encaustic (hot wax)—often with nods to his native Mexico City. But he’s made his mark elsewhere, too: His works dot the walls of megawatt corporations and design firms, like New York’s Rockefeller Center; The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta; and locally based The Johnson Studio.
Never one to rest on his laurels, this bona fide art-worlder has now added art consultant to his repertoire. “I decided if I built up my own interior-design architectural database, I’d be skipping the middleman,” he says. Clearly, for Toache, business is an art, too. Going straight to the source, like designer Marty Mason, he performs style inquiries, then pieces together a suitable catalogue from his artist database—an archive that features everything from art installation and sculptures to photography. “I’m here to help all these great architects and designers find the key ingredients to put together their masterpieces,” Toache says. It’s an instinct that he’s had all along. @toacheu