Master Spanish artist Jose Royo was born in Valencia, Spain in 1941. He began his artistic training at age 9 when his father saw promise in the young boy’s love of art and hired private tutors to instruct him.
Impressive parallels can be drawn between Royo’s work and that of the Spanish master, Joaquin Sorolla. Both were born in Valencia, both were classically trained, both mature in styles of painting capturing the dramatic visual essence of their homeland – Valencia and the Mediterranean Sea. They have both been described as Painters of the Light; some have said, of Light of the South, that is, the southern coast of Spain. It is the overwhelming influence of Sorolla blended with his own style that makes Royo’s masterful treatment of the Mediterranean subjects both haunting and mysterious, yet full of raw power at the same time.
The sweeping brush strokes, bold swaths of colour, 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 heat of the sun, the salt and sea spray, and hearing the crashing surf. Royo conveys not merely image in his oil paintings, 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.