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José Manuel Robles
José has been painting for more than 30 years. During an interview with a reporter, he was referred to as a "painter of the past." José was very pleased with that title because he believes that Mexico's past way of life is shown in its art and so much of that art has disappeared.
In his painting, he uses acrilics, gouache, mixed media with silkscreen, embossing, etc. He has had formal training in design but his style is all his own. José makes his originals on macosel laminado (laminated wood). In this medium, the largest size he paints is 1.10 x 1.40 mts. because the materials are not easy to carry and move around. His work on paper is mixed media and sometimes will do numbered editions, however, most of his work are sold as artist's proofs - he will only make 20 from the original. There are hotels that ordered series in 100 but José does not like doing that many paintings of the same design.
He enjoys working with the different ethnic groups of mexico. His admiration for them and his history inspire many of his designs. His themes are generally indigenous or Mexican rural life. He is dedicated to producing the finest quality in all his work.
José's work is sought after by collectors all over the world. Many of our Feria volunteers have discovered his unique and charming technique and collect his work as well. In 2012, he began working with a writer from Uruguay, who will be using Jose's designs for the cover of a book about the ethnic pueblos (villages) in Latin America.