Julio San Jose is from Spain. He grew up during Franco’s regime and lived in four countries at various times. He came permanently to the United States, during the 1950’s, later becoming a U.S. citizen.

 

He lives a modest, reclusive life, drawing. He says, “I draw to pass the time of my last years the same as others play golf or travel. My drawing provides me with a way to explain the concerns, contradictions, and occasional hopes that grow out of the way we have come to live. This is the first, dubious, and reluctant foray to have my work shown as a saleable item.”

 

In his earlier years, San Jose studied at the private Academy of Lopez Izquierdo in Madrid, where one received training to pass the drawing requirements to enter Madrid’s School of Architecture. The instruction involved drawing classical statuary and the Architectural Orders using charcoal and ink wash respectively. San Jose continued to draw using pencil, pen and ink. His work is greatly influenced by Goya’s vision depicting society and its’ follies.

 

San Jose’s work has been published in the journals of The American Society of Planning Officials, the American Institute of Planners, The American Planning Association, Stadtbauwelt (Germany), and locally in The Nickel Review (Syracuse, N.Y.) and the New River Free Press (Blacksburg, VA).

 

San Jose taught in the architecture programs at the University of Oregon and Syracuse University.