Jose Royo (Spanish, b. 1941) Classic Renaissance Figurative Painter

Royo creates work that breathes “classic renaissance”. His trademark is mainly young woman, dressed in flowing dresses sitting in floral gardens. The combination of both the traditional setting with a contemporary background filled with rich jewel tones and hint bright colors that impact at his paintings. His figurative paintings consist of a sense of elegance and grace, an aura reminiscent of the Renaissance. His original oil paintings, chalk drawings, sketches and limited editions can be found at select fine art galleries.

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“I have always wanted to be an artist, or better said, I never had a choice. It was predetermined. My eyes, my brain and my hands translated everything into drawings, shapes and colors. It was a game of infinite dimensions, which gave meaning to life. Painting is a privilege, you must earn it.”

Born in 1941 in Valencia, Spain, Jose Mateu San Hilario, “Royo”, began demonstrating his artistic talents early. At the age of 9, his father, a prominent physician and avid art enthusiast, employed private tutors to instruct Royo in drawing, painting, and sculpture. When Royo turned 14 he entered the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia.

Upon turning 18, Royo continued his artistic studies privately with Aldolfo Ferrer Amblat, Chairman of Art Studies at the San Carlos Academy. He also visited the major museums in Europe at this time to study the famous masters such as Velasquez, Goya, Rembrandt, Renoir, Monet and Sorolla among others.

Royo added more skills to his resume by creating theatre sets and doing graphic illustration and restoration work. He also participated in several competitions gaining major recognition. In 1968 he began to exhibit in Spain, specifically prestigious galleries in Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona. With a large positive response of his works in Madrid, Royo received commissions to paint the royal portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. He received subsequent commissions to paint the Judges of the High Magistrate and the Court of Justice as well as prominent political and society figures.

At the age of 25 Royo began feeling a growing desire to paint the land of his birth, to convey the light, the color and the intensity of Valencia and the Mediterranean. This meant a new focus and change of style in his work; he needed to perfect new ways to capture the light, the shadow and to work on classical composition. Through the 1980’s Royo perfected his style of painting the Mediterranean and exhibited abroad, notably in London, Brussels, Copenhagen and Paris. He also participated in the International Geneva Art Fair.

From 1989 to today we see the development of Royo’s “matured style”. His dramatic usage of color and “texturing” capture his subject matter with unique flair. Parallels can be drawn to the work of the European masters; for example, with Royo’s “homage to the female form,” we see the distinct influence of Renoir.

Jose Royo’s almost portrait-like treatment of the female model caught in a serene, contemplative moment with the surrounding “bursts” of color from the floral landscapes is where we see the “Renoir” in his work. In fact, critics have concluded, “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.”
Impressive parallels can also be drawn between Royo’s work and that of the Spanish master, Joaquin Sorolla.

The sweeping brush strokes, bold swaths of color and heavy impasto capture the eye and draw one inward until that final absolute moment of awareness that one is actually there in the scene feeling the light and the heat of the sun, the salt and sea spray and hearing the crash of the surf. Royo conveys not merely image, but mood and atmosphere as well.

With several museum exhibitions and many one-man shows and book signings in Europe and the United States and numerous works in private collection across the globe, this international acclaimed artist needs little expiation. Art Leaders Gallery has the works of Royo exclusively in Michigan, and has also had the pleasure of holding two one-man shows and book signings in 2002 & 2005 respectively.

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