Jose Higuera, Spanish realist painter, was born in 1966.
Since an early age he showed a defined interest in drawing and painting, being this a tendency noticed by his school teachers. Encouraged by his teachers and his family, Jose was provided of the needed material to pursue his artistic talent resulting in the fact that at the age of ten years he had already produced his first oil painting. His grandmother decides to put him under the tuition of local artists to initiate him in the knowledge of some techniques of this art and start him painting mainly landscapes; although it should be noted that José is basically a self-taught artist with the inevitable influences of the creative movements that he develops with his own style being realism the basis of all his work.
His first exhibitions are received with high interest by the critics and the public and is not long before he stars selling his works with the resulting enthusiasm that encourages him to continue on the not-always-easy road of the art of painting as a profession.
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During years Jose works on an exclusive basis with the Art Gallery and Auction House of Madrid, during which period he builds up experience and contacts that allow him to dedicate his time exclusively to painting. He has then presented his works in a number of exhibitions throughout Spain, USA and Asia.
At the moment he lives in Cantabria (North of Spain) and the realism in his works continues to be the main characteristic.
The criteria by which an artist chooses a certain path are not always well defined, not even for the artist itself; there are many external and internal hard to control circumstances in the creative process that drive us to this aim of internal understanding of what we want to tell, express ...... This is not always achieved and, in certain instances during the process, either the starting point or the originally chosen path are forgotten, resulting in different ways of expressing the initial idea.
The language of painting is as wide as creativity itself, that is why the choice of language should be free of punctual movements, of linear cultural trends and of single-current thoughts. These latter restrictions could render some short term enrichment of a current but, if adopted in a massive scale, impoverishes the individual creativity which is at the end what gives art its value as such and is what art feeds on.
The reality as a path is in my opinion as valid as any other and, as all others, has many admirers that merits its existence.
The strength of expression and the immense chromatic scope inherent to realism is to me what makes so much sense and attracts all my interest. The struggle against time, against colour, against form and movement that I keep in a calm and continuous way trying to achieve that the reality forms part of the canvas as apposed to a simple photographic reproduction is what makes painting, in my case, the reason for my life as an artist.