José García y Más was born in 1945 to Sephardic Catalan-Andalusian parents in Santa Cruz de la Palma
in the Canary Islands, Spain. When he was 18 years old, he boarded a Norwegian petroleum tanker,
which took him around the African continent. He attended art school, the Escuela de Bellas Artes,
in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In 1970 he left Spain, which was still under the unpopular Franco regime,
for Germany’s young democracy and eventually moved to Berlin, where he took a degree in engineering.
Since 1980, he has pursued an independent career as an artist, studying at various times in Sweden,
England, Italy, and Spain. He and his wife now live and work on the island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea.
José García y Más studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Santa Cruz de Tenerife before moving to
Germany in 1970 where he took a degree in Engineering in Berlin. Since 1980, he has pursued an
independent career as an artist, studying at various times in Sweden, England, Italy, and Spain.
He and his wife now live and work on the island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea.
The emphasis of his critical-realistic artwork is on global policy, society, environments,
cultural & literary themes. However, García y Más is not a political painter in any narrow sense,
his paintings focus on the problematic social issues of the day: the point is made by means of
alienation, irony & wit, often in a macabre manner.
The scenario of his canvases is determined by an intensive & radiant use of colour, restricted to few
essential figures, with a poster-like intensity. Running parallel there are pen-and-ink & watercolour
drawings whose subject matter is closely related to the oil-paintings on canvas.
Berlin, Copenhagen (Denmark), Graz (Austria), Anklam, Greifswald & Rostock, Munich,
Rozelle/Ayr (Scotland, UK), Swinoujscie (Poland), Island of Usedom (Baltic Sea).
DIN Deutsches Institut fuer Normung eV (German Institute for Standardization), Berlin
Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), Berlin
Museum of the MacLaurin Trust, Rozelle/Ayr (Scotland, UK)
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (House of the History of the
Federal Republic of Germany), Bonn
Town Hall of Wolgast
Cooper Hall, Selwood Manor, Frome/Somerset (England)
Political Painting - José García y Más (Oil on Canvas, 1981-2009). Bansin: Atelier-Galerie 2010. 188 S., 170 Abb.
Contemporary Realist Paintings - José García y Más (Oil on Canvas, 1970-2013). Bansin: Atelier-Galerie 2013. 112 S., 90 Abb.