Juanito Torres honed his craft first at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Los Banos, Laguna, where he was Outstanding Visual Arts in 1994, then further enhanced his education as a fine arts student at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He was a finalist at the Metrobank Foundation National Painting Competition in 2005, and has gained attention in recent years for his massive paintings at exhibitions and at auction.
- 2005: Finalist, Metrobank Foundation National Painting Competition
- 2009: Fellow and Designated Artist for CANVAS Romeo Forbes Children’s Literature Initiative
- 2010: Fellow and Designated Artist for CANVAS Romeo Forbes Children’s Literature Initiative