Jose Arpa y Perea

Jose Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) Born in Spain, Perea attended the School of Fine Arts in Seville before settling in Mexico, then San Antonio. Nicknamed the “Sunshine Man” for his sunny landscapes, Perea served as director of the San Antonio Art School from 1926-1929. During his years in San Antonio, Texas he influenced many painters, most notably Xavier Gonzalez, Octavio Medellín, and Porfirio Salinas. Ten of his paintings are in the collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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