José Antonio Sorolla Gallén is a painter who was raised and self-trained in a tradition of extraordinary craftsmanship. Although José works from photographs, his paintings do not shock nor react against abstraction like those of the Photorealists; instead, they serve as tableaus that show the artist’s love for his subjects and his unusual attention to light and color. The result of his meticulous painting process is an image that speaks directly to the eye, inviting admission into the depicted environment alongside its own subjects.

José describes his current work as only the beginning of a new period of exploration. For his current work, he uses photography as a visual aid. At times he paints from a spontaneous photograph of a moment he captured, usually portraits of people in everyday situations, such as “readers who fall asleep or empty writers, without any ideas”. At other times he prepares the scene, selecting and arranging an appropriate combination of colors for his composition. Either way, José aims to create paintings that transcend the photograph by instilling emotions in the viewer. The seas that he paints are those that he has known since his youth, and he is deeply interested by the effect of the sea on people. Thus his paintings offer a vicarious experience of the thoughts and moods of ordinary people gazing at the horizon. He wishes his paintings to give the impression of a film frame- as the composition of a film frame may invoke the emotions of a painting, his paintings attempt to convey the tangibility and depth of a passing moment.

José was born in Onda in the province of Castellón, Spain, which is a small town with a historical tradition in ceramics production. His family, composed of craftsmen, potters, and painters, also owned a ceramic workshop and encouraged the development of artistic technique through his youth. Based in Spain, he has exhibited his work extensively worldwide nearly every year since 1983, including France, Russia, Lebanon, and the United States. Although he currently works figuratively, José has an eclectic taste and has worked through different periods in his career, experimenting extensively in various media and styles. 
2014 Art Southampton New York. (Mayer Fine Art Gallery). New York
2014 Inaugural Group Show at new location. Mayer Fine Art. Norfolk (Virginia). USA
2014 Art Wynwood Miami. (Mayer Fine Art Gallery). Miami
2013 Formats d’hiver.(Galerie Brûlée). Strasbourg. France
2013 Vintersalon. (Galleri Kim Anstensen). Göteborg. (Sweden)
2013 Beirut Art Fair. (Cynthia Nouhra Art Gallery). Beirut (Lebanon)
2013 SommarVernissage. (Galleri Kim Anstensen). Göteborg. (Sweden)
2013 Art Stage Singapore. (Lazarev Gallery). Singapore.
2013 Affordable Art Fair Brussels. (Daniel Besseiche Gallery). Brussels. (Belgium)
2012 Moscow World Fine Art Fair. (Gallery Fineart). Moscow. Russia.
2012 Exposition spécial Noël. (Daniel Besseiche Gallery). Knokke-Le Zoute (Belgium)
2012 “ Caution! Not a photo! (Lazarev Gallery). Saint Petersburg. Russia
2012 Art Kiev. (Mironova gallery). Kiev. Ukraine
2012 Solo exhibition. (Gallery Fineart). Moscow. Russia.
2012 Affordable Art Fair. (Bridgegate gallery). Battersea. London
2012 Galerie Sono. Connecticut. USA.
2012 Spring Exhibition. (Galleri Kim Anstensen). Göteborg. (Sweden)
2012 Affordable Art Fair. (Bridgegate gallery). Bristol. (United Kingdom)
2012 Solo Exhibition (January). (Galleri Kim Anstensen). Göteborg. (Sweden)
2011 Group show. (Galleri Kim Anstensen). Göteborg. (Sweden)
2011 “Small format”. El Quatre sala d’art. Granollers (Barcelona). (Spain)
2011 Autumn group show. (Le Siants Gallery). Barcelona. (Spain)
2011 Affordable art fair Battersea. (Bridgegate gallery). London. (United Kingdom)
2011 Art Copenhagen (Galleri Kim Anstensen). (Denmark)
2011 “El Quatre” 25 years. El Quatre sala d’art. Granollers (Barcelona) Spain.
2011 Affordable Art Milano (Le Siants gallery). Milano. (Italy)
2011 Winter Group Show. Le Siants Gallery. Barcelona. (Spain)
2010 Lineart (Le Siants gallery). Gent (Belgium)
2010 Small format. El Quatre sala d’art . Granollers (Barcelona). (Spain)
2010 Edinburgh Art Fair (Le Siants gallery). Edinburgh. (United Kingdom).
2010 Glasgow Art Fair (Le Siants gallery). Glasgow. Scotland. (United Kingdom).
2010 Affordable Art Fair Brussels (Le Siants gallery). Brussels. (Belgium)
2010 Le Siants Gallery. Praga. (Czech Republic)
2010 Bergamo Arte Fiera (Le Siants gallery). Bergamo (Italy)
2009 Small format. El Quatre sala d’art. Granollers (Barcelona). (Spain)
2009 Berliner liste. (Galería Thomas Punzmann). Berlín. (Germany).
2009 “Una mirada plural”. Cultural Center “Palau de Vivel”. La Vall ’Uixó. Castellón.
2009 Spring 2009. L’Algepsar Gallery. Castellón. (Spain)
2008 L’Algepsar Gallery (Castellón) (Solo exhibition). (Spain)
2008 Onda Exhibition Hall. “Molí de la Reixa” (Solo exhibition)
2008 “Museu de la Baronia”. Ribesalbes (Castellón)
2008 Fiart (València). L’Algepsar Gallery.
2007 “Museu de la Baronia” (Ribesalbes). (Solo exhibition)
2007 “Fundación Davalos-Fletxer”. (Castellón)
2007 L’Algepsar Gallery (Castellón)
2005 Amicia e Arte. “Museu del Taulell Manolo Safont”.
Joint exhibition with Fiorano. (Italia). Onda (Castellón).
2003 Ana Rubio Gallery. Oropesa del Mar
2003 L’Algepsar Gallery (Castellón)
2002 Retrospective. Large format work. “Fundación Caja Castellón”.
“Onda Exhibition Hall” and “Sala de Exposiciones Casa de Cultura”. (Solo exhibition).
2002 Ana Rubio Gallery. Oropesa del Mar (Castellón)
2001 Artexpo. Garduño Gallery. New York (USA).
2001 Asensi Gallery. Castellón
2001 Arte Sevilla. Asensi Gallery. Sevilla..
2000 Artexpo. Garduño Gallery. San Francisco. California (USA).
2000 ArteSantander. Asensi Gallery (Santander).
1998 Pictograma Gallery. (Castellón).
1998 Onda Exhibition Hall. Onda (Castellón) (Solo exhibition)
1998 Morella Exhibition Hall. Morella (Castellón).
1996 “L’Art i L’Home”. Second cycle. Centre Cultural Polivalent Fundació Caixa Castelló.
La Vall D’Uixó (Castellón).
1996 Talavera de la Reina School of Arts and offices (Toledo).
1995 Del Este Gallery. (Valencia).
1994 La Caixa Showroom. (Tarragona).
1994 “L’Antic Escorxador” Gallery. Figueres (Gerona)
1994 Octubre Gallery. Jaume I Univertity. (Castellón).
1994 First Festival “Arte del Desecho”. Parque Ribalta. (Castellón).
1993 Torres Begué Gallery. (Madrid).
1992 La Salina Showroom. Diputación de Salamanca. (Salamanca).
1990 Sueras City Hall. Castellón. (Solo exhibition)
1990 Nules History Museum (Castellón) (Solo exhibition)
1990 Exhibitions Hall. Caja Rural de Onda (Castellón) (Solo exhibition)
1990 Sueras Church Mural. Castellón. (Solo exhibition)
1990 Exibitions hall. Caja de Ahorros de Castellón (Onda).
1989 Pictograma Gallery.(Castellón) (Solo exhibition)
1989 2º Open de Arte. (Castellón).
1989 Inter-Arte. (Valencia). Pictograma Gallery.
1988 Onda Showroom (Castellón).
1988 Group exhibition . Pictograma Gallery. Castellón.
1986 Group exhibition. Caja Rural (Vila-Real).
1985 Group exhibition. Caja Rural (Onda).
1985 Trassos Gallery. Castellón (Solo exhibition)
1983 Group exhibition. Onda Town hall (Castellón).