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José Fontaiña
Fairview, NJ

About the Artist

José M. Fontaiña was born in Riveira (Galicia), Spain in 1961 and moved to the USA with his family in 1978. He attended William Paterson University, planning to be a Spanish teacher, but his artistic interests overcame his desire to teach and he ultimately switched his major in the middle of his junior year, graduating with a BA in Art (Dean’s List) and a Minor in Spanish – a decision he has never regretted.

An avid comic book reader, Fontaiña initially sought to create a career in comics, but discovered his style of art was not a good match. He enjoyed creating “pointillist” works w…

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About the Artist

José M. Fontaiña was born in Riveira (Galicia), Spain in 1961 and moved to the USA with his family in 1978. He attended William Paterson University, planning to be a Spanish teacher, but his artistic interests overcame his desire to teach and he ultimately switched his major in the middle of his junior year, graduating with a BA in Art (Dean’s List) and a Minor in Spanish – a decision he has never regretted.

An avid comic book reader, Fontaiña initially sought to create a career in comics, but discovered his style of art was not a good match. He enjoyed creating “pointillist” works with technical pens, small brushes, and inks, and began exhibiting in galleries. Committed to detail and precision, Fontaiña spent a painstaking amount of time to complete each piece. He later discovered Sennelier oil pastels and worked in that medium for years. Then, satisfied with his accomplishments in pastel, he began to paint in acrylics.

“My paintings are a true reflection of myself and I enjoy the wonderful freedom that originality provides,” says Fontaiña. I describe my work as being a good Caldo Gallego, a delicious Galician soup made by mixing together many vegetables and meats. Instead of using cooking ingredients, I use the elements of art. Creating art is my full time job. I am obsessed with it, but it is a healthy and rewarding obsession. Each blank surface is a painting with a new beginning, an intriguing puzzle that must be solved, and a wonderful means for discovering myself in a way of life that I love to live.”

Fontaiña was mentored by Mr. André Teabo, an assistant to well-known artist Romare Bearden, a cartoonist and art editor for the Eucleian Society’s at NYU, who later became famous for his collages and abstract paintings. Teabo helped Fontaiña discover new, more interesting and exciting ways of painting.

Artist’s Work

Bridging the gap 2
Jose fontaina

BRIDGING THE GAP

By José Fontaiña

Money talks
Jose fontaina

MONEY TALKS

By José Fontaiña

FONTAIÑA
Dont know whether im coming or going
Jose fontaina

DON'T KNOW WHETHER I'M COMING OR GOING!

By José Fontaiña

O say can you see
Jose fontaina

O SAY CAN YOU SEE...

By José Fontaiña

Ive mixed feelings about you
Jose fontaina

I'VE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT YOU

By José Fontaiña

Mother in love
Jose fontaina

MOTHER-IN-LOVE

By José Fontaiña

Cool calm and collected
Jose fontaina

COOL, CALM, AND COLLECTED

By José Fontaiña

Encompassing visions of a brighter future
Jose fontaina

ENCOMPASSING VISIONS OF A BRIGHTER FUTURE

By José Fontaiña

For goodness sake woman lower your skirt
Jose fontaina

FOR GOODNESS' SAKE, WOMAN, LOWER YOUR SKIRT!

By José Fontaiña

Dude its time to smell the roses
Jose fontaina

DUDE, IT'S TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES!

By José Fontaiña

Shut your mouth my head is spinning
Jose fontaina

SHUT YOUR MOUTH, MY HEAD IS SPINNING!

By José Fontaiña

You and i see eye to eye
Jose fontaina

YOU AND I SEE EYE TO EYE

By José Fontaiña

Turn til loose screw is tightened
Jose fontaina

TURN 'TIL LOOSE SCREW IS TIGHTENED

By José Fontaiña

Inside the tingling machine
Jose fontaina

INSIDE THE TINGLING MACHINE

By José Fontaiña

Ready or not here i come
Jose fontaina

READY OR NOT, HERE I COME

By José Fontaiña

Why you look at me like i have two heads
Jose fontaina

WHY YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE I HAVE TWO HEADS?

By José Fontaiña

Way out
Jose fontaina

WAY-OUT!

By José Fontaiña

Moonlight vibrations
Jose fontaina

MOONLIGHT VIBRATIONS

By José Fontaiña

I broke the mold
Jose fontaina

I BROKE THE MOLD!

By José Fontaiña

Enter at your own risk
Jose fontaina

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

By José Fontaiña

Stop messing around with my head
Jose fontaina

STOP MESSING AROUND WITH MY HEAD

By José Fontaiña

Living in the spotlight
Jose fontaina

LIVING IN THE SPOTLIGHT

By José Fontaiña

I cant draw a straight line
Jose fontaina

I CAN'T DRAW A STRAIGHT LINE

By José Fontaiña

Cock a doodle doo
Jose fontaina

COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!

By José Fontaiña

I feel like im going around in circles
Jose fontaina

I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES!

By José Fontaiña

Watch your step
Jose fontaina

WATCH YOUR STEP

By José Fontaiña

Nothing but blue skies 3
Jose fontaina

NOTHING BUT BLUE SKIES

By José Fontaiña

Thanks to katy perry i have a tiger in my eye
Jose fontaina

THANKS TO KATY PERRY I HAVE A TIGER IN MY EYE

By José Fontaiña

The wheels in my mind go round and round and upsid
Jose fontaina

THE WHEELS IN MY MIND GO ROUND AND ROUND AND UPSIDE DOWN

By José Fontaiña

You sound like a broken record
Jose fontaina

YOU SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD

By José Fontaiña

See you later
Jose fontaina

SEE YOU LATER!

By José Fontaiña

Para comerte mejor 2
Jose fontaina

PARA COMERTE MEJOR

By José Fontaiña

Shes got her eye on the centerpiece
Jose fontaina

SHE'S GOT HER EYE ON THE CENTERPIECE

By José Fontaiña

Eye of the storm 4
Jose fontaina

EYE OF THE STORM

By José Fontaiña

Keep your mind in the pink
Jose fontaina

KEEP YOUR MIND "IN THE PINK"

By José Fontaiña

Youre an eye catcher
Jose fontaina

YOU'RE AN EYE-CATCHER!

By José Fontaiña

Gentlemans engine
Jose fontaina

GENTLEMAN'S ENGINE

By José Fontaiña

Swimming to the surface
Jose fontaina

SWIMMING TO THE SURFACE

By José Fontaiña

Is that all you think about
Jose fontaina

IS THAT ALL YOU THINK ABOUT?

By José Fontaiña

Up hill and down dale
Jose fontaina

UP HILL AND DOWN DALE

By José Fontaiña

Icebreakers
Jose fontaina

ICEBREAKERS

By José Fontaiña

Butting heads with reality
Jose fontaina

BUTTING HEADS WITH REALITY

By José Fontaiña

You dont get me do you
Jose fontaina

YOU DON'T GET ME, DO YOU?

By José Fontaiña

All spots are good
Jose fontaina

ALL ''SPOTS'' ARE GOOD

By José Fontaiña

Youre so wicked
Jose fontaina

YOU'RE SO WICKED!

By José Fontaiña

Gee whiz you have a complex personality
Jose fontaina

GEE-WHIZ, YOU HAVE A COMPLEX PERSONALITY!

By José Fontaiña

Moody
Jose fontaina

MOODY!

By José Fontaiña

Stop moving around so much youre making me dizzy
Jose fontaina

STOP MOVING AROUND SO MUCH, YOU'RE MAKING ME DIZZY!

By José Fontaiña

Are you sleeping around
Jose fontaina

ARE YOU SLEEPING AROUND?

By José Fontaiña

Tunnel of love
Jose fontaina

TUNNEL OF LOVE

By José Fontaiña

What a mess
Jose fontaina

WHAT A MESS!

By José Fontaiña

Who farted 3
Jose fontaina

WHO FARTED?!

By José Fontaiña

Bouquet of dreams and nightmares
Jose fontaina

BOUQUET OF DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES

By José Fontaiña

Im a wanderer
Jose fontaina

I'M A WANDERER

By José Fontaiña

Did you say recession
Jose fontaina

DID YOU SAY RECESSION?

By José Fontaiña

Birds of a feather flock together
Jose fontaina

BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER

By José Fontaiña

Running circles around you
Jose fontaina

RUNNING CIRCLES AROUND YOU

By José Fontaiña

Art is a two way street
Jose fontaina

ART IS A TWO-WAY STREET

By José Fontaiña

Im an extraterrestrial from a land farfarfar away
Jose fontaina

I'M AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL FROM A LAND FAR...FAR...FAR AWAY!

By José Fontaiña

Lights camera action
Jose fontaina

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

By José Fontaiña

Dancing with myself
Jose fontaina

DANCING WITH MYSELF

By José Fontaiña

You make my bathtime lots of fun
Jose fontaina

YOU MAKE MY BATHTIME LOTS OF FUN

By José Fontaiña

Whats on the catwalk
Jose fontaina

WHAT'S ON THE CATWALK?!

By José Fontaiña

Peekaboo
Jose fontaina

PEEKABOO!

By José Fontaiña

Losing my marbles
Jose fontaina

LOSING MY MARBLES

By José Fontaiña

Go with the flow
Jose fontaina

GO WITH THE FLOW

By José Fontaiña

Selected Exhibitions

  • Members’ 12”x12” exhibition, PAAM.
    Provincetown, MA, 2015
  • UNUSUAL ART, The Belskie Museum.
    Closter, NJ, 2014
  • Focus NJ 2013, ACNNJ.
    New Milford, NJ, 2013
  • PEEKABOO!, Waltuch Art Gallery.
    Tenafly, NJ, 2013
  • Reality & Artifice, NJSM.
    Trenton, NJ, 2010

Press and Accolades

  • “It is something I have not seen before…It has potential…Worthy of a fine art exhibition.” IVAN KARP, Art Critic.
    September 2009
  • “Fontaiña has his own kaleidoscope. His work is unique and pleasant, a real treat to the viewer’s eye.” Mercedes Rozas, Art Critic
    April 1996
  • “Fontaiña shows serenity, optimism and powerful colors.” Amelia G. San Jose, Art Critic.
    April 1996

Education

  • William Paterson University, BA Art
    Wayne, NJ,1985