Antonio Roybal // USA
“My job is to bring the Divine closer to the earthly and the everyday closer to the Sacred.”
Antonio Roybal is a figurative artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He began drawing at an early age in order to communicate with his two deaf sisters. At age one, Roybal moved to Southern California and lived there until age seven, then spent the rest of his childhood in New Mexico .
While studying computer animation at The Colorado Institute of Art, he realized his calling in fine art. Returning to Santa Fe , he obtained a one year apprenticeship with French artist, Jean Claude Gaugy. Roybal was chosen in 2000 to personally study with “The Prince of Austria”, or as Dali put it, “The German Dali”, Ernst Fuchs. By studying in Ernst Fuchs’ workshops in the south of France and in Monaco, Roybal was baptized into a lineage of European artists who had the knowledge of the Northern Renaissance lost technique of egg tempera oil painting. The mische technique was used by such great artists as Jan Van Eyck and Leonardo Da Vinci. Over the years, Roybal has developed his own technique, by incorporating all learned knowledge from the Flemish masters to methods and mediums employed by Velazquez and others. Roybal mixes and grinds his own colors and uses only the finest imported pigments available.
Antonio Roybal’s timeless paintings draw upon a broad range of cultural influences that include Renaissance paintings, religious iconography, and contemporary culture. He often distorts or exaggerates his figures. His bright colors are refreshing and intoxicating, while his haunting, manneristic figures can be intense, playful or meditative. Femme fatales, strong noble women, mystical men, and playful children, fill his canvases with narratives that are enigmatically soulful and poignant. Faith and hope are the main psychological elements at the apex of his oeuvre. Roybal is influenced by a plethora of artists. Selected artists include, Jan Van Eyck, El Greco, Jean Delville and Hieronymus Bosch. Some of his contemporary influences are Ernst Fuchs, Remedios Varo, Neo Rauch and Mark Ryden.
He showed his work for the first time at “The Oldest House” in the United States, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work has gained greater prominence, beginning in 2002 with the distinguished honor of being named one of the top 100 contemporary Hispanic artists by The National Hispanic Cultural Center. His luscious, light filled paintings continue to gain the attention of established artists, collectors and galleries. His work has been featured on numerous album and book covers. Roybal continues to show his work in galleries and museums internationally. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and maintains a studio in Santa Fe.