Jose explains of this painting, "I came up with this offbeat composition because of the card the Jack of Hearts. Then I included the J keychain and the name Jack written on the board. Since this is a trompe l'oeil painting, meaning to fool the eye, I included a little note which reads, 'Have I fooled your eyes? Did you think it was real?'"

- Jose H. Alvarenga


Oil painting on masonite board

Ready to frame

Signed on front

8" h x 6" w x .25" d
0 lbs. 4 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.