The ChefJose H. Alvarenga
Oil painting on Masonite board
Natural wood edges
Varnished and Ready to frame
Signed on front
5 " h x 7 " w x .25 " d |0 lbs. 4 oz.
"When I went to El Salvador, I found and bought this chef keychain from a toy museum that one of my friends has there," says Jose. "On the same day, I found this other interesting souvenir and got inspired to use them as my models for this painting."
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.