THOUGHTS ON PAINTING
The emotion of the artist is very well represented in this piece. This is because the tangerine is the only thing in the painting, and in traditional Chinese culture, the tangerine is a symbol that brings thoughts of happiness and glee. In the Tangerines painting, there is both an unpeeled tangerine as well as peeled bits, showing that happiness can be found both within the self and without it. The golden light that seems to emanate from the tangerine in the center of the painting represents the bringing of abundance and wealth, furthering the idea that the tangerine represents prosperity and good luck.
GETTING TO KNOW JOSÉ HIGUERA
Born in Germany in the year 1966, José Higuera was a wholly self-taught artist up until he was of the appropriate age to attend lessons from other artists of his kind. His grandmother helped facilitate this, seeing his interest in art bloom. Even still, his incredibly photo-realistic skill is still largely self taught, making the already impressive pieces in his portfolio that much more impressive.