I always enjoy painting unusual, fun paintings like this. I painted a real, Brazil's national currency, for a play on the question, "Is it real? Is the real real?" Beside the real is a little clown figurine with balloons. The question could be asked once again: "Is it real? Can that be possible?! Can balloons make people fly?" On the paper note I wrote the silly question in French, "C'est real?"

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Is It Real?

Oil painting on masonite board
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

11" h x 14" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 10 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.