"For this painting I got inspired to paint something very small with lots of details," says Jose. "On the matchbox I painted the smallest copy of a painting that I have every painted. The copy is of a self portrait painting of Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun. This type of vintage matchbox was from the 1940's and 50's and depicted many famous Old Masters' paintings. The other matchbox is the car - a model of yesteryear 1914 Stutz."

- Jose H. Alvarenga


Oil painting on masonite board

Ready to frame

Signed on front

5" h x 7" 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.