Size: 24"W x 30"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2017
My work is a take of both classical and modern style of painting. I have always been intrigued by the classical painters and the way they composed things yet still have a deep appreciation for modern masters as well. I like artists like Paul Rubens, Goya and Jean Ingres, but admire what Picasso did to totally change painting. I want to interfuse both generations of art and making it fit with the contemporary art of today. Something like Picasso meets Michelangelo or Poussin meets De Kooning, something that is both appalling to the viewer yet also intriguing. My paintings are a take of both styles, making figures distorted in a dark twisted type of way. As I am still finding my own style, I want to keep the main subject of my work figurative but add more of an expressional feel to it so the work could show more emotion for the viewer. My main goal for my art is for it to have immediate attention in the environment it's in and to have an immediate impact but also keeps the viewer interested the longer they observe the work.
Born in 1995 in Santa Clara but raised in Sacramento, Jose began drawing at the young age of 5. Drawing was his first passion as a young kid, which he mostly taught himself. Through his youth he had many temporary phases, his interests in art changed from zentangle designs to graffiti to what now is his current developing style in figurative painting. Some of his biggest influences in painting are the old master paintings like Michelangelo, Peter Rubens, Jean Ingres, but also many modern painters like Picasso, George Condo, De Kooning, Francis Bacon and much more. Jose’s theme in his artwork is classical figure painting with twisted features interfused together to give it an appalling look to them. He says in works he is intrigued by always share a type of grotesque and shocking look to them. What the artist hopes people take from his art is that they can have a different perspective on figurative art rather than just traditional painting.