Azules y Blancos (Blues and Whites) is an extraordinary exhibition of 30 new paintings by contemporary Spanish figurative painter, Royo. The show opens 17 June 2010.

Royo has passionately and wholeheartedly dedicated the last 30 years of his 50-year artistic career to the same subject matter: the female form. Always painted en plein air, the backdrops to these radiant paintings are inspired by the vivid blues of the Mediterranean sea and sky.

As a contrast, Royo uses an extraordinary range of different white tones. Applied in rapid, concise brushstrokes, as he says, they are “whites composed of thousand whites”, with dashes of colour overlaid to depict shadow and light. The paint is used, not just as colour, but as a texture, lending an expressionist element to his work.

Based in Valencia, Royo’s career spans five decades, obsessively painting since the age of seven. Royo then honed his artistic genius at the prestigious Royal Academy of San Carlos in Valencia. Royo has participated in a number of international art fairs and exhibited throughout his native Spain, across Europe, Japan and the United States. He has been commissioned to create important works such as several portraits for the High Ministry of Justice in Spain and a portrait of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain for the Spanish Embassy in Japan, and was also awarded the prestigious Rotary Personality of the year award in 2009.

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