Royo Gallery Exhibition – October 2018

Royo Gallery Exhibition "Essence" | October 2018

Portrait of ROYO | Photograph by Juan Garcia Rossel

This coming October 22, 2018, Spanish Impressionist ROYO will be exhibiting his new art collection “Essencia” at the Winn Slavin Fine Art gallery in Beverly Hills. 

The Esencia collection by Spanish Master Impressionist Royo represents a significant addition to the Master’s oeuvre. It differs from much of Royo’s previous work in that, while still representative and figurative, the subjects are not fully constrained or defined within the boundaries of the painting. This has the effect of emphasizing motion and action as the effective subjects rather than the figures themselves.

The Esencia collection, a spiritual if not literal successor to Royo’s Ingravidos museum collection, has six interrelated parts: Contrafuerza (Counterforce); Ecléctico (Eclectic); Bandera (Flag); Soplo (Blown); Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side); and Visión (Vision). Each category emphasizes a discrete and focused aspect of the Master’s work. With the Esencia collection, Master Royo reaffirms his exceptional talent and brilliance.

Exclusive VIP Premiere – Saturday, October 20, 2018

(By Invitation Only)

Public Premiere Opening – Sunday, October 21, 2018

(By RSVP Only)

Each time I begin painting a new series, it’s an experiment with a new technique and perspective, a goal of having a new problem to solve, in the process I always surprise myself. With the “Essence” series, the idea is to enhance the figuration, the “essence”, with color and contrast. Plain backgrounds are enhanced with acidic colors and textural frameworks that are valid by themselves and do not rely on the figurative aspects. I am not telling the viewer what they are observing, I am only suggesting a scene that is both abstract and figurative. The viewer can extrapolate their own conclusions.


With the Esencia collection, Master Royo reaffirms his exceptional talent and brilliance with six interrelated parts.

The tranquility and well-being through which Royo’s daily life moves has produced the opposite effect on his professional trajectory. Success has come swiftly, first in Valencia, followed immediately by all of Spain, then Europe. With positive reception of his works in Madrid, Royo received commissions to paint the royal portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. He received subsequent commissions to paint the Judges of the High Magistrature and the Court of Justice, as well as prominent political and society figures. The enchantment of the Mediterranean and the Mastery of Royo seduced the Japanese market as well as South America, but it has been his success in the U.S. that has formed Royo into one of the greatest artistic talents of our times.

About ROYO

World renowned for his hypnotic depictions of beguiling women, Royo has created a visual language in which subtlety reigns supreme. Even when rendering his models with serene expressions or downcast eyes, he imparts a sense of longing and desire that is firmly held by their graceful poses. The intensity of their feelings is palpable and the viewer is drawn into a symbiotic encounter in which emotions are shared.

He has painted portraits for the Court of Spain including commissioned portraits of the King and Queen, as well as all of the Supreme Court Justices, and the National Heroes of Spain. A classically, European-trained artist, Royo paints daily in an idyllic setting, at his estate near Valencia in Spain, and on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean. He begins outdoors with one or more of his models and then completes the painting in one of his three studios on the property. He only works on one painting at a time, preferring to concentrate all of his energy on one composition, and not be distracted.

Impressive parallels can also be drawn between Royo’s work and that of the Spanish master, Joaquin Sorolla. Both were born in Valencia, both were classically trained, both “matured” into styles of painting capturing the dramatic visual essence of their homeland-valencia and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the overwhelming influence of Sorolla blended with his own style that makes Royo’s masterful treatment of Mediterranean subjects both haunting and mysterious, yet full of raw power at the same time.

The sweeping brush strokes, bold swaths of color, 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, but mood and atmosphere as well.