Jose Alvarenga is a storyteller. He collects unique and unusual objects to pair together in his detailed still lifes. His paintings balance an old master sensibility with a playful sense of humor as a way to talk about the eternal issues of time and money. Jose says of this painting, "I wanted to represent the symbolism of 'time is money' by painting an antique pocket watch and a folded $20 bill on top of a $10 bill."

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Time Is Money

Oil painting on masonite board

Ready to frame

Signed on front

5" h x 7" w x .25" d
0 lbs. 4 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.