Jose Vives-Atsara (1919-2004), "Jose Vives-Atsara, His Life and Art", first edition signed book. Numbered 80 and signed on limitation page by the artist and by the author. Austin: Shoal Creek, 1976. 12.25 x 9.25"
Provenance: From the estate of Walter W. McAllister
A native Spaniard, Vives-Atsara 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. In 1947, he set out to move with his wife and child to the United States. The family settled in San Antonio, Texas. Vives-Atsara 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. For his vibrant oil paintings, he used only nine colors, mixed in a variety of ways.