Jose Royo was born in 1941 in Valencia, Spain. He began demonstrating his artistic talent early and entered the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia at age 14. His fame and success grew over the years that followed. After a tremendously positive reception of his work, Royo was commissioned to paint the portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
Described as the ‘Painter of the Light’; some have said, “of the Light of the South”, that is, the southern coast of Spain. Jose Royo’s masterful treatment of the Mediterranean subjects are both haunting and mysterious, yet full of raw power at the same time.
The sweeping brush strokes, bold swaths of colour, and heavy impasto paint 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 heat of the sun, the salt and sea spray, and hearing the crashing surf.
Jose Royo conveys not merely image, but mood and atmosphere as well. This is rare in today’s art world, hence the connoisseur is compelled to compare with the old masters. Thus, the appeal of Jose Royo’s work for today’s collector becomes obvious. With pride we offer the art work of today’s Spanish master painter, Royo to art connoisseurs.