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b. 1959
Born in Onda (Castellón) Spain from a long line of Spanish pottery craftsmen, José Antonio Sorolla Gallén picked up his first paintbrush at the tender age of eleven. Not having received a formal education in studio arts, Gallén gathered considerable technical skill and invaluable aesthetic knowledge via observation and hands-on work in the family studios, painting and glazing ceramics.


A self-described ‘sponge’, his fascination with painting grew, and by the age of twenty, he was assiduously studying books and manuals on oil painting. His first foray at the easel resulted in an Expressionist period, using various media such as straw, paper, and hessian leftover from paint cans. Improvisation was exciting to the new painter, and not knowing the final result left him exhilarated and especially eager to broaden all possibilities.


His painting stages were liberated without abrupt change and smoothly linked in transition, where one style gently emancipated itself from the former. Just when things got ‘easy’, or after a long time immersed in the same series, he would grow restless and seek new horizons to explore. He states; “I have always liked to drink from different fountains, as we say in Spanish”.


The shift to figurative painting seemed natural in evolution, as he has consistently desired to challenge himself methodologically and intellectually. His current influences are from the figurative periods of Gerhard Richter and Edward Hopper, likening the images to still frames from a movie screen.


In the midst of a contemporary photorealistic phase, Gallén is working simultaneously with nature and the human form. His subjects are found through his camera lens, painstakingly and theatrically positioned in the foreground of immense skies and seascapes. At other times, he catches his subjects quite candidly in natural poses, which strikes him as honest and endearing; the weary slouch of a shoulder, a lazily bent knee, faded denim awash in vivid sunlight, or a group of tourists gazing idly at a cloudy ocean panorama.


Exhibiting internationally and selling successfully since 1983, painting has been the only vocation and livelihood Gallén has known. This is a veritable testament to his inherent gift of relating viscerally and visually to art buyers across the span of three decades...a rare occurrence in today’s competitive art world.


Selected Group & Solo Exhibitions

2018 Art Miami, Landau Fine Art

2018 Solo exhibition, Landau Fine Art

2017 Galleri Kim Anstensen, Gothenburg

2015 Galerie Atzenhofer, Nuremberg 

2014 Cynthia Noura Art Gallery, Beirut

2014 Mayer Fine Art, Norfolk

2013 Formats d'hiver, Galleri Kim Anstensen, Gothenburg

2013 Solo exhibition, Cynthia Noura Art Gallery, Beirut

2012 Caution! Not a photo! Lazarev Gallery, St. Petersberg

2012 Exposition spécial Noël, Daniel Besseiche Gallery, Knokke-Le Zoute

2012 Solo exhibition, Gallery Fineart, Moscow

2012 Solo exhibition, Galleri Kim Anstensen, Gothenburg

2011 Small Format. El Quatre sala d'art de Granollers, Barcelona

2011 Le Siants Galerie, Barcelona

2010 Le Siants Galerie, Prague

2009 Una mirada plural, Centre Cultural Palau de Vivel, Vall de Uxó, Spain

2009 L'Algepsar Gallery, Castellón

2008 Solo exhibition, L'Algepsar Gallery, Castellón

2008 Solo exhibition, Molí de la Reixa. Onda Exhibition Hall, Castellón

2007 Solo exhibition, Museo de la Baronia, Ribesalbes

2005 Amicia e Arte, El Museu del Taulell 'Manolo Safont' de Onda and Fiorano, Italy

2002 Retrospective, Fundación Caja Castellón, Onda Exhibition Hall and Sala de Exposiciones Casa de Cultura, Castellón

2001 Asensi Gallery, Castellón

1998 Solo exhibition, Onda Exhibition Hall, Castellón

1996 L'Art i L'Home, Second Cycle, Centre Cultural Polivalent, Fundació Caixa Castelló, La Vall D’Uixó, Castellón

1995 Del Este Gallery, Valencia

1994 Galeria Octubre, Jaume I University, Castellón

1994 First Festival, Arte del Desecho, Parque Ribalta, Castellón

1993 Torres Begué Gallery, Madrid

1990 Solo exhibition, Sueras City Hall, Castellón

1990 Solo exhibition, Museo de Historia de Nules, Castellón

1989 Solo exhibition, Pictograma Gallery, Castellón

1986 Caja Rural, Vila-Real

1985 Solo exhibition, Trassos Gallery, Castellón

1983 Onda Town Hall, Castellón