Jose Andreu makes paintings, prints, mosaics, murals and sculpture as well as recreating historical masterworks. He was raised in Puerto Rico, Spain, France and the United States. Jose financed his education by drawing portraits at amusement parks and working in the graphic design field. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982 and from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin with a Master of Fine Arts in 1986. Jose Agustin Andreu has exhibited in the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and Spain and currently teaches Copying at the Museum and Plein Air Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Andreu’s work documents the morphology of identity. His artistic investigations are demonstrated through several modes. One consists of scenes formed by paper boats and depicts relationships and group dynamics. These narratives explore hope and melancholy, belonging and isolation. In community murals, paintings and prints, they emphasize social diversity and unity. Another mode is the abstract illusionism of “Hope, Memory and Desire”, a series that uses times of day, seasons and weather as analogues to emotions. The series of prints also include shaped canvasses and explores the relationship between self and environment. The series is a study on structures of consciousness.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
A third mode concerns figurative expression combining history and culture. “Death of a Teenager” is a triptych that comments on the racism and killing of youths of color within our culture. It focuses on the interrelation between individual spaces in a common environment. The work is a meditation on memory, language, and interconnectedness.
B.F.A., Painting & Printmaking Virginia Commonwealth University 1982
M.F.A., Painting University of Wisconsin 1986