Nuevo Santander Gallery

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Call: 956.618.4959

Artist's Biography:

Jose Vives-Atsara was born April 13, 1919 in Vilafranca del Penedes near Barcelona, Spain.  A native Spaniard, he developed a love of painting at an early age, and by age 11 had committed himself to becoming an artist. He studied at  Colegio de San Ramon and had his first one-person show at age 14.

The Spanish Civil interrupted his idyllic young life as he was forced to serve in the Communist Army, and then was imprisoned, suffering many hardships.

Soon after the war he married Emilia Hill Domenech, and in 1947 set out to move with his wife and child aboard a tramp steamer to the United States.The family settled in San Antonio, Texas, where he had made friends on a

previous visit.


Vives-Atsara also developed a close relationship with the Incarnate Word College, becoming, over the years, both a professor of art, and Artist in Residence. As a painter, he depicted many local scenes including San Antonio missions and the San Antonio River."Vives-Atsara believed that art is a reflection of the artist’s soul, if this is true; his paintings reflect a beautiful, bright spirit." (Richardson)


Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm • Saturday: 11am-5pm • Closed Sunday and Monday

Fine Art • Antiques • Old West Collectibles