Vintage piano-shaped music box, pen and handwritten note painted in a classical trompe l'oeil style. "I love the sound of music boxes, it's incredible how all those tiny holes can replicate a melody," says Jose. "On the note I wrote "Gymnopedie #1 by Erik Satie" - one of my favorites classical pieces."

- Jose H. Alvarenga


Oil painting on wood
Stained wood edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front

11" h x 14" w x .75" 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.