Jose Royo

Royo is an artist who was educated in the classical style. He was born in Valencia (Spain) already destined to become an artist. He studied with the best masters of his city until he was old enough to enroll in the San Carlos School of Fine Arts. He completed his studies by traveling to the greatest museums of the world, soaking up classical masters like Velázquez, Vermeer, and Goya, along with the great impressionists. These influences have marked his artistic development to the point of converting him into a master of post modernism. He is an heir to Renoir, Sorolla, Monet, or Bonnard.
The decisive change in his painting and in his life occurred when he and his wife decided to move from the city of Valencia to a small town in the country, where Royo built the house which has brought light and color into his work. It is an exact replica of his own iconography, and he has become its replica of it. It is a house that is surrounded by geraniums and orange trees and where the light, continuously coming in at different angles, is special every moment of the day. The essence of Mediterranean culture which this artist carries within him, however, demands with increasing insistency that he paint the sea which, from ancient Greece to Sorolla, has been the emblem of so many masters and great thinkers. Royo found his second paradise on the island of Majorca, in the cove called Salmunia. There he found a vortex of rock outcroppings, pine trees, and salty blues that obliged him to move there each summer in order to better paint and contemplate.

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