José Arpa

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José Arpa y Perea
Born (1858-02-19)February 19, 1858
Carmona, Spain
Died October 1952 (aged 94)
Seville, Spain
Education Eduardo Cano de la Peña
Known for Landscape Painting
Movement Early Texas

José Arpa y Perea, 1858–1952, was an artist of Spanish birth who worked in Spain, Mexico, and Texas.[1][2][3] Born in Carmona, Spain, he studied under Eduardo Cano de la Peña at the Museum of Fine Arts of Seville, where he won the Rome Prize three times, allowing him to study in Rome.[4] During his years in San Antonio, Texas he influenced many painters, most notably Xavier Gonzalez, Octavio Medellín, and Porfirio Salinas.[4][5] He painted in a realistic style, and was especially noted for his use of brilliant colors and his expertise in capturing the visual effects of sunlight.[4] His work has been widely exhibited;[6] ten of his paintings are in the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art.[4]


  1. ^ Mantle Fielding. 1945. Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. New York: Struck, 1945; revised in 1983, Glenn B. Opitz, ed. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Apollo Books.
  2. ^ Caroline Remy. 2011. "ARPA, JOSE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 25, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  3. ^ Jacinto Quirarte. 1973. Mexican American Artists. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  4. ^ a b c d Remy, 2011.
  5. ^ Ruth Goddard. 1975. Porfirio Salinas. Austin: Rock House Press.
  6. ^ Frances Battaile Fisk. 1928. A History of Texas Artists and Sculptors. Abilene, Tex.: privately printed; reprinted by Morrison Books, Austin, Tex., 1986.