José Fontaiña

Fairview, NJ, United States

Biography

José M. Fontaiña was born in Riveira (Galicia), Spain in 1961 and moved to the USA with his family in 1978. He attended William Paterson University, planning to be a Spanish teacher, but his artistic interests overcame his desire to teach and he ultimately switched his major in the middle of his junior year, graduating with a BA in Art (Dean’s List) and a Minor in Spanish – a decision he has never regretted.

An avid comic book reader, Fontaiña initially sought to create a career in comics but discovered his style of art was not a good match. He enjoyed creating “pointillist” works with technical pens, small brushes, and inks, and began exhibiting in galleries. Committed to detail and precision, Fontaiña spent a painstaking amount of time to complete each piece. He later discovered Sennelier oil pastels and worked in that medium for years. Then, satisfied with his accomplishments in pastel, he began to paint in acrylics.

“My paintings are a true reflection of myself and I enjoy the wonderful freedom that originality provides,” says Fontaiña. I describe my work as being a good Caldo Gallego, a delicious Galician soup made by mixing together many vegetables and meats. Instead of using cooking ingredients, I use the elements of art. Creating art is my full time job. I am obsessed with it, but it is a healthy and rewarding obsession. Each blank surface is a painting with a new beginning, an intriguing puzzle that must be solved, and a wonderful means for discovering myself in a way of life that I love to live.”

Fontaiña was mentored by Mr. André Teabo, an assistant to well-known artist Romare Bearden, a cartoonist and art editor for the Eucleian Societies at NYU, who later became famous for his collages and abstract paintings. Teabo helped Fontaiña discover new, more interesting and exciting ways of painting.
José M. Fontaiña was born in Riveira (Galicia), Spain in 1961 and moved to the USA with his family in 1978. He attended William Paterson University, planning to be a Spanish teacher, but his artistic interests overcame his desire to teach and he ultimately switched his major in the middle...
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Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018   "Open Your Eyes and See", Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, NJ
2015   “Jarabatos do Verán”, Liceo Marítimo de Riveira, Riveira, Spain
2013   PEEKABOO!, Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, NJ
2007   Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River, NJ
2006   Restaurante O LAGAR, Pobra do Caramiñal, Spain
2000   Eme-C Gallery, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1997   “Two weeks in Santa Severina”, Piazza Campo, Crotone, Italy
1996   Exposicion Xunta de Galicia, Casa de Galicia, Madrid, Spain
1994   New Galvanic Works, Jadite Galleries, NYC
1993   Galvanism, Jadite Galleries, NYC

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 TOAF Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2019 “ARTFIRST”, Novado Gallery, LLC, Jersey City, NJ
2019   OPEN ORANGE 2019, Orange, NJ
2019   "ABOUT FACE VALUE", Oyster Point Gallery, Red Bank, NJ
2018   Barbantiarte VI, Museo de Gravado, Artes, Spain
2018   Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
2018   Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition 2018, Decatur, GA
2018   OPEN ORANGE 2018, Orange, NJ
2018   Artexpo NY 2018, NYC, NY
2018   TEXAS NATIONAL 2018, Nacogdoches, TX
2018   Art Works Gallery, Cedar City, UT
2018   Artbys Galería de Arte, A Coruña, Spain   
2017   Art Connections 13, George Segal Gallery (MSU), Montclair, NJ
2017   TOAF Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
2017   Art Works Gallery, Cedar City, UT
2017   Artbys Galería de Arte, A Coruña, Spain
2016   Barbantiarte V, Museo do Gravado, Artes, Spain
2016   Soho De Vigo Galería de Arte, Vigo, Spain
2016   Artbys Galería de Arte, A Coruña, Spain
2016   Art Works Gallery, Cedar City, UT
2015   Members’ 12x12 Exhibition, PAAM, Provincetown, MA
2015   Maxwell’s Tavern, “Spring Resurgence”, Hoboken, NJ
2015   Nabi Museum of the Arts, Teaneck, NJ
2014   Barbantiarte, Museo do Gravado, Artes, Spain
2014   Focus NJ 2014, Juror: Susan Manspeizer, Artist, ACNNJ,
          New Milford, NJ 
2014   ECLECTIC AESTHETICS, Alfa Art Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
2014   UNUSUAL ART, The Belskie Museum, Closter, NJ
2013   Focus NJ 2013, Juror: Howard Nathenson, Instructor -
          Parsons School of Design and NJ Center for Visual Arts,
          ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ
2013   Arte Barbantia II, Museo do Gravado, Artes, Spain
2012   Ilusionarte, Galeria La Catedral, Lugo, Spain
2011   8 (4+4), Liceo de Noia, Noia, Spain
2010   “Reality & Artifice”, Jurors: Margaret O’Reilly and Ricardo                   Barros, 2010 New Jersey Arts Annual, NJSM, Trenton, NJ
2007   Focus NJ 2007, Juror: Daniel Dickerson, Art Students League,
          NYC, First Place in Pastel Category, ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ
2007   Pentagrama, Casa de Cultura, Pobra do Caramiñal, Spain
2007   Celebrating Bergen County’s Diversity 2007
          Jurors: Marjorie Shaw Kubach and Bernice Leibowitz
          First Place in Pastel Category, ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ
2006   Focus NJ 2006, Juror: Andrew Lukach, Art Students League,
          NYC, ACNNJ, New Milford, NJ
2006   Galeria Bo Marzo, Riveira, Spain
2005   Galeria Artefacto, Riveira, Spain
2004   Centro Social, Boiro, Spain
2004   Pat Gail Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2003   Jewel Spiegel Gallery, Englewood, NJ
2003   Robin Hutchins Gallery, Maplewood, NJ
2001   A Benefit Exhibition for Aids, San Senxo, Spain
2001   Museo Valle Inclan, Pobra do Caramiñal, Spain
1999   Faces of America, Nabisco Gallery, E. Hanover, NJ
1998   Synchronicity Space, NYC
1997   Art of the Americas Gallery, Piermont, NY
1992   Biennial Alumni Exhibit, Ben Shahn Gallery, WPU, Wayne NJ
1992   Hispanic Artists in NY, Hudson Guild Art Gallery, NYC
1992   Montserrat Gallery, NYC
1992   Certificate of Excellence, Winter Soho International                           Competition, Montserrat Gallery, NYC
1992   Upcoming artists in Soho, Montserrat Gallery, NYC
1991   Collector’s Choice, Montserrat Gallery, NYC
1991   Alumni Juried Art Exhibition, Ben Shahn Gallery, WPU, Wayne, NJ
1990   Hudson Guild Art Gallery, NYC
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018   "Open Your Eyes and See", Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, NJ
2015   “Jarabatos do Verán”, Liceo Marítimo de Riveira, Riveira, Spain
2013   PEEKABOO!, Waltuch Gallery, Tenafly, NJ
2007   Saddle River Valley Cultural Center, Upper Saddle River, NJ
2006   Restaurante...
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Fairview, NJ, United States

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