In this piece I painted a keychain with a little astronaut figurine that appears to be floating on a circle representing the moon.  I always enjoy telling a story in each of my paintings, and that's why I shared a bit of history on the little piece of paper: it says, "On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. He and Edwin Aldrin walked around the moon for 3 hours."

This piece is mounted on a cradled wood panel with mahogany stained sides (not pictured).

- Jose H. Alvarenga

The Astronaut

Oil painting on masonite board
Stained wood edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front

7" h x 5" w x .37" d
0 lbs. 5 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.