José García y Más was born in 1945 to Sephardic
Catalan-Andalusian parents in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands,
Spain. He attended art school, the Escuela de Bellas Artes, in Santa Cruz de
Tenerife. In 1970 he left Spain, which was still under the unpopular Franco
regime, for Germany’s young democracy and eventually moved to Berlin, where he
took a degree in engineering. Since 1980, he has pursued an independent career
as an artist, studying at various times in Sweden, England, Italy, and Spain.
He and his wife now live and work on the island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea.
global policy plays a very important part, García y Más is not a political
painter in any narrow sense, his realistic paintings focus on the problematic
social issues of the day, on environments, on cultural and literary themes: the
point is made by means of alienation, irony and wit, often in a macabre manner.