Modernism, landscapes, portraits
Media Oils, murals
Artistic Focus A much
loved “Old World” artist, Jose Moya del Pino was born in Spain
and apprenticed at the age of nine to an itinerant artist. Moya del Pino
created many portraits and canvases during his career, and was widely
exhibited in Northern California. Although he experimented with abstraction
later in his career, he is best known for his Post-Impressionist and Modernist works.
• In 1907 he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts
in Madrid, graduating with honors and earning a traveling scholarship,
which took him to Italy, London and Paris.
• By 1915, Moya del Pino had befriended Modernist masters Juan Gris and Diego Rivera, and in 1923, he was commissioned to paint
a portrait of Spain’s King Alfonso III.
• After spending four years creating 41 reproductions of Velasquez’
works, Moya del Pino was asked by the King to take those works on a goodwill
tour of the New World. The tour began in 1925 and ended a year later in
• The artist remained in San Francisco because of political strife
in his homeland, Depression-era economic realities, and his affection
for the area.
• He was one of the muralists chosen by the Public Works of Art
Project to paint murals in Coit Tower. His mural showed San Francisco
Bay to the north and depicted fellow artist Otis Oldfield at work on a
hillside overlooking the Embarcadero, with Alcatraz Island and Marin County
in the background.
• Moya del Pino’s subsequent works included a mural in the
Stockton post office, public art in Redwood City and San Rafael, and many
works on canvas.
Additional biographical material and full bibliographic
references are available upon request.
©2003- Spencer Jon Helfen Fine Arts. All
rights reserved. This website and the contents herein may not be copied
or reproduced without the prior written consent of Spencer Jon Helfen