TemptationJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Natural wood edges
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on front
14 " h x 18 " w x .25 " d |0 lbs. 7 oz.
"I wanted to create a picture within a picture painting," says Jose. "The Adam and Eve is a copy of a Rubens painting. I changed the scene slightly by adding the serpent to better illustrate the passage in the Bible."
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.