"This painting has a little bit of everything," says Jose. "It has history, and it's autobiographical. The hat reads 'El Salvador's souvenir.' We no longer use the Colon (Colombus) as our currency, so Colones have become a souvenir. On the 5 colones is a portrait of Christopher Columbus and the three ships that took him to discover America. The note above the 5 Colones says I was born in May 22nd, 1974, in a small town in El Salvador."

- Jose H. Alvarenga

El Salvador's Souvenirs

Oil painting on masonite board
Natural wood edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

9" h x 12" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 7 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.