I enjoy painting pictures within pictures--it feels as if I'm painting two paintings at once.  I wanted to capture the effect of light and shadows on the cutting board and the antique key. This piece is on masonite board and will need a frame for display.

- Jose H. Alvarenga

Traditional Ways

Oil painting on masonite board

Signed on front

16" h x 12" w x .37" 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.