Royo An influential twentieth century Spanish impressionist, Jose Royo (better known as simply “Royo”) is best known for his figurative, Mediterranean oil paintings.
Jose Royo was born in Valencia, Spain in 1941 and displayed an impressive talent for art an early age. He studied with private tutors beginning at the age of 9 before attending the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia at 14. In 1968, Royo began touring the country to widespread recognition. After his tour, he was commissioned to paint the royal portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
As Royo developed as an artist, his style evolved from classical to something more impressionist. Influenced by his homeland, his art began to take on a distinctive Mediterranean quality. He began experimenting with texture, including thick brushstrokes, as well as bolder colors. His paintings have a sunlit quality that impart qualities of his homeland onto any subject matter he paints.