José Bautista is, above all, a PAINTER. A craftsman of form, colour, texture and light. A worker dedicated to the labour of representing reality into two dimensions. His career, in which his work as portraitist stands out with special relevance, moves in a constant search to combine figuration with the study of the expressive value of pictorial elements.

Fine Arts and Restoration and Conservation of Furniture Goods B.A. at University of GranadaBorn in 1976 in the southern town of Fuengirola (Spain), José Bautista began his artistic training by mastering the academic drawing in a public cultural centre of his native town. In 1997, he moved to Granada, where he graduated in Fine Arts, as well as in Restoration and Conservation of Furniture Goods with a specialty in Painting and Graphic Documentation. In 2003, he took part in the "Leonardo da Vinci" Program, under the auspices of the University of Granada, where he had the chance to work at the Restoration Workshop of Lisa Venerosi Pesciolini in the Italian city of Florence. A year later, he obtained a second scholarship to collaborate in the Wood and Plaster Workshops of the Patronage of Alhambra and Generalife, in Granada.

As for his professional career, José Bautista has combined his work as an artistic painter with restoration, working in architectural groups as emblematic as the Alhambra (where he took part in the restoration of the Gallonada Vault of the Qubba, in Rauda’s Tower), the Cathedral of Granada, the House Museum "Manuel de Falla" or the Church and Convent of San Antón. He has also worked as a teacher in several Secondary Schools throughout Andalusia.

Experienced as a portraitist and official copyist of the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid, Spain) since 2014And along with these works, as a guiding thread of his career, painting, always painting. As a portraitist, José Bautista has signed both private and official portraits. Among the second ones stands out the portrait of Prof. Manuel Peñas Maldonado, Director of the University School of Health Sciences of the University of Granada, ordered by the institution itself. José Bautista has also been working as a copyist at the "Museo Nacional del Prado" in Madrid since 2014, an experience that has given him the chance to delve into the technique of such great masters as Rubens, Velázquez, Patinir, Luca Giordano and El Greco, among others.


MENTIONS

2018. Presentation at the Oriental Club in London (Stratford House) copies of Major-General Sir Thomas Munro portrait and Major-General Sir David Ochterlony portrait, by Ramsay Richard Reinagle.

2016. Presentation at the Oriental Club in London (Stratford House) copy of  Major-General Sir John Malcolm portrait, by Samuel Lane.

2010, 2011. Special mention and selection of paintings for the contest of Agua Granada Foundation.

2005. Individual exhibition at the Cultural Centre in Laujar de Andarax (Almería).

2004. Special mention and selection of paintings at the Paintings on Paper Contest in Loja (Granada).

2003, 2001, 2000. First Prize at the contest for the poster of Mija´s Fair in Mijas (Málaga).

1998. Group Exhibition (Granada).

1997. Individual exhibition at Cultural Centre in Mijas (Málaga).