In this piece, I wanted to represent the past and present of technology, juxtaposing the vintage voice recorder and the more modern USB flash drive. On the voice recorder I changed the brand name to Rotceh, which is my middle name Hector written backwards.  The Eveready "Penlight Battery" is 1970s memorabilia. This piece is on masonite board and will need a frame for display.

- Jose H. Alvarenga


Oil painting on masonite board

Signed on front

8" h x 10" w x .37" 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.