Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz studied fine arts, engraving and graphic design in Madrid, which has allowed him to develop a universe of art that stands at the crossroads of various genres. His work, which varies between abstract and figurative art, can best be described as “abstract realism”. The two fundamental components of his work are colour and form, which he treats dynamically. The Spanish artist works constantly under the interaction of these two components and his creations vary between painting and photography. He seizes a moment, captures a fragment of a view, like a photographer, which then he retransmits with a paintbrush. His touch is dynamic, the colours create lively contrasts, reinforcing his mastery of the composition, the centre of which is always a human figure. This particular focus on the human figure, however, is quite unique because we never encounter any gaze, as though Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz is seeking to portray the anonymity of emotion and the fleetingness of time ; he suspends a moment of time and then recreates it for us in a symphony of colours and forms.
In a society where the visual image, whether desired or imposed, is all powerful, the artist builds his work around the scenes of daily life, even the most intimate: a young woman in forest, a man stepping across the threshold of a door or sitting at a kitchen table, scenes which are usually described as the banality of life, but which the artist always treats with a generous amount of mystery – there we say abstraction – through the splashes of colour which are frenetically applied to the canvas. It is as though the artist was inviting the « viewer » to take part in the creation or at least to participate in its interpretation. These very personal compositions invite us to reflect deeply to extend the range of the possible, to explore our curiosity and develop our imaginative capacity. The artist and the viewer are united in an exchange of emotions and perceptions, which both collide and reinforce each other.
Jose Luis Ceña Ruiz has created a very personal style in an artistic universe which crosses boundaries and creates intersections between different genres: photography, abstract painting, hyperrealist paint… His works have been added to some of the most prestigious private and museum collections (Spain, China, etc.).