Jose Royo was born in Valencia, Spain in 1945 and has become one of the premier painters of Spanish Impressionist art. He is known for mastering the classical beauty and softness of the female form with lithe figures oftentimes basking in the sun-dappled landscapes of the warm Spanish countryside.
Royo began demonstrating his artistic talent early and at the young age nine his father, a prominent physician and avid art enthusiast, employed private tutors to instruct Royo in drawing, painting, and sculpture. At age fourteen, the artist began studying fine art at the honorable San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia and then continued under private tutelage, spending countless hours in museums of Europe, studying the masters Velasquez, Goya, Renoir, Monet, and Sorolla.
During the mid-60’s and early 70’s, Royo increased the breadth of his artistic skill and knowledge by producing graphic illustrations while his attention to detail helped to further hone his abilities by restoring aging artworks. Jose Royo began to gain further notoriety in 1968 when his works were being exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona and prestigious galleries in Lisbon but it was the commissions to paint the royal portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia that propelled the artists into being recognized as one of the great living Spanish artists today.
At the age of 25 , Royo began feeling a growing desire to incorporate more Spanish landscapes into his work and furthered his classical skills of conveying the Valencian light and warmth of the Mediterranean sun as well as the coolness of her shadows. Beginning in 1989 and continuing through today, Royo’s style has matured by the use of texture and layering as the artist pays homage to great masters such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Joaquin Sorolla. Bursts of color in floral landscapes exemplify the artist’s style and it has been said by critics that “If the artwork of Renoir were blended with that of the ‘Valencian painters’ you would arrive at the canvasses approaching the uniqueness of the impressive work of Royo.”
Royo’s masterful treatment of the Mediterranean subjects are both haunting and mysterious as sweeping brush strokes, bold swaths of color and heavy impasto capture the eye and draw the viewer inward. The light, movement and serenity of the artworks make the Spanish countryside tangible, as if one can feel the heat of the sun, spray of the salty air and crash of the surf. The artist has mastered the mood and atmospheres of the subject matter with a distinct skill and nod to the classics that is rare in today’s art world.