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.
These altered circumstances have considerably enhanced García y Más’s
productiveness and power of expression. Living at a distance from Berlin and
thus viewing the capital more objectively, much of his attention has shifted
from major world politics to the cultural and sociopolitical themes of the
times. He incorporates every one of them into paintings as genuine as they are
large. His social criticism, previously often downright sarcastic, has softened
in his current works. It appears in minute details, coming across more as
ironic aperçu than as aggressive accusation. The artistic portrayal of a social
topic on a large canvas, the incisive depiction of special situations and their
aspects calling for a critical response repeatedly coalesces into a fascinating
unity that intensely animates his artwork.
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