I love to add double meanings to my paintings.  New York city is called "The Big Apple" and what a nice way to represent it with a small Statue of Liberty figurine and a big apple on the side.  New York is a big and sophisticated city... that´s why I painted the little statue souvenir standing on top of a scholarly pedestal (the book). I also wanted to represent the city's sophistication with the marble table and its reflections.  

- Jose H. Alvarenga

The Big Apple

Oil painting on wood
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

9" h x 12" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 10 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.