José A. Duran


Jose was born 50 miles northwest of Santo Domingo in the city of Bonao in 1956. He has shown a natural predilection towards the arts since the age of eight. As a young adult, he studied art at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo. He applied and further developed his skill set as a draftsman and designer for the ministry of public health; however, his first love is for fine arts. Jose’s signature style and natural gift has garnered him attention at over 10 art exhibitions in Santo Domingo.
Jose embraces the Costumbrismo style by artistically interpreting and featuring moments found in local everyday life, mannerisms, and local customs. His medium of choice is as flexible and evolving as the social norms shown in his artwork: oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel. He has crafted a perfect balance between realism and figurative, as seen in his work titled “Domain.”
The psychology of his artwork is based on nature, specifically the psychosocial order as experienced by Spanish culture. He uses his art as a vehicle to understand, interpret, and eventually project a message. When asked about the genesis of his creation, he said the following, “Art motivates me to give positive energy and understanding to the spectacular and the universe. I’m attracted to the beauty of the supreme creation.
Jose’s artwork provides not only a focal point, but a great topic of conversation. It’s ideal for most spaces, including bedrooms, living rooms, and dining areas. His pieces stand alone or can compliment any modern collection.

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