Spanish Impressionist | b. 1941
A classically, European-trained artist, Royo paints daily in an idyllic setting, his estate near Valencia in Spain, and on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean.
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 Valencia homeland and theMediterranean Sea. It is the overwhelming influence of Sorolla blended with his own style that makesRoyo’s masterful treatment of the 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.