In this piece I painted a vintage lighter from 1986. I always wanted to paint this lighter because of its age and interesting details, and when I was looking at the reflection of my eyes, I got even more inspired. When I paint, I contemplate the subject I'm trying to portray. The more we observe the more we learn to capture the unique beauty of each of our subjects. This piece is mounted on a cradled wood panel with mahogany stained sides (not pictured).

- Jose H. Alvarenga


Oil painting on masonite board
Stained wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

5" h x 7" w x .37" d
0 lbs. 8 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.