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Jose H. Alvarenga Inglewood, California

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    I paint still life in the classical realist style. I love to paint traditional still lifes and trompe l'oeil. I find inspiration in everyday, nostalgic souvenirs or objects. I love to tell a different story with each new painting I try to paint. My work is influenced by the great works of the Old Masters: Willem Kalf, Jean Baptiste Chardin, William Harnett, John Haberle, Willem Claesz Heda, Rembrandt, Boucher, Bouguerau, Velazquez, Hals, and other greats. Starting at an early age, I found love in drawing and painting. I started drawing when I was seven and painting when I was twenty. I love to see pictures and express myself through pictures... there's so much to see and tell.


    Hear What Collectors Say About Jose H.'s Work

    Jose H. Alvarenga 8/21/2018 | 11:02 PM

    No, that´s not me..it´s an interesting coincidence, but I don´t know how to do sculptures only paintings. I was only 9 years old in 1983 :-)

    S Meehan 8/21/2018 | 12:54 PM

    Do you by any chance do sculptures too? We have a Scales of Justice sculpture done in 1983 and it says H.Alvarenga on it

    S Meehan 8/21/2018 | 12:53 PM

    Scales of Justice

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