José Royo

Unfettered brushstrokes and heavy impasto characterise Jose Royo paintings. The radiance and luminous sensuality of Jose Royo artwork has attracted the attention of major collectors and he was the portrait painter of choice for King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Clarendon holds some of the most iconic Jose Royo original works. Please get in touch to discuss these pieces and to find out more about one of Spain’s most revered living artists.

Royo Artist Information

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Visual hedonism meets stringent classicism in the radiant figures of celebrated Spanish painter Royo. He is a true artist in every sense. His deeply poetic nature comes across strongly in his work which explores the myriad combinations of light and colour that come to together to express the grace and beauty of the female form. Sunlight slanting across a skein of fabric or shimmering on an exposed shoulder gives a vibrant intensity to each creative masterpiece. His unfettered brushstrokes and heavy impasto combine to create something alive, brimming with suppressed movement and a uniquely luminous sensuality.

Born in 1941 in Valencia, Royo trained at the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts; he continued his artistic studies privately with Aldolfo Ferrer Amblat, Chairman of Art Studies at the San Carlos Academy and concentrated on the techniques and subjects of such masters as Velasquez, Goya, Renoir, Monet, and Sorolla, among others.