I always have fun painting this kind of picture-in-a-picture type of painting.  On the front there's a Rubik's cube almost finished... all I need to do are a few twists to finish all the colors.  On the wall is my own copy of a detail of Rembrandt's portrait... again almost finished.  The face is done, the background is almost done, and the cuff needs a little more work.

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Almost Finished!

Oil painting on masonite board
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

12" h x 16" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 14 oz.



Jose H. Alvarenga
Inglewood, California

Getting to Know Jose H.

Jose’s soft still life paintings are like visual puns. He creates relationships between objects that evoke both amusement and contemplation in the viewer. By devising a clever dialogue between objects, Jose turns a still life into a story. Jose utilizes a classical realist style with a gentle nod to surrealism through his unique subject selections. He is inspired by everyday objects, particularly those with a quality of nostalgia, memory, or humor. Jose paints out of his Los Angeles area apartment, where he also enjoys playing the keyboard and reading art books.