Halcyon Gallery Harrods presents a new exhibition by Royo comprising of 29 new paintings and pays homage to one of Spain’s most loved artists. 50 years a master marks the latest pictorial obsession by Royo. As the Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla, Royo exposes impressionistic portraits and landscapes of great sophistication and figurative sensibility.
Royo (Jose Mateu San Hilario) is a Spanish Contemporary Figurative painter whose exuberant brushstroke technique achieves intense luminosity and a sense of great vitality. Capturing the light and colour of southern Spain and the Mediterranean islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, he portrays demure young women in flowing garments, set against lush backgrounds of flowers or the vivid blue sea. He explores the mythical, the maternal, the sensual, and the weightless human form escaping its earthbound existence.
Obsessively painting since the age of seven, Royo then learnt to exploit his artistic genius at the prestigious Royal Academy of San Carlos in Valencia. He continues to be inspired by many historical periods: from the Old Masters such as Velazquez, and Goya, to the 19th-century Impressionists such as Degas, and Sorolla. He has participated in a number of international art fairs and exhibited throughout his native Spain, across Europe, Japan and the United States. He has had several important commissions which include several portraits for High Ministry of Justice in Spain and a portrait of his Former Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain. He was also awarded the prestigious Rotary Personality of the year award in 2009.
The exhibition will run from the 15 – 30 October 2014.