Jose Campeche

(1751-1809 )
Puerto Rico
San Juan, 1751 He studies philosophy and humanities in the monasteries of San Juan, where he also received an excellent musical education. His father used to be a brass painter and decorator, as well as his main source of artistic influence until 1776 when painter Luis Paret moved to Puerto Rico and taught Campeche the European techniques of the 18th-century painting. Religious topics and historic portraits stand for the two major trends that mark his works. The 18th-century Rococo and Bourbon-like blue of his paintings give away his exquisite formation as an artist. Campeche passed away on November 7, 1809. Together with Francisco Oller, he's penciled in as one of Puerto Rico's most celebrated artists of all time. He was the first Puerto Rican painter and one of the premiere artists overall of his country. Among his arrays of religious works, some highlights are The Vision of Felipe Benizi, The Virgin of Bethlehem, The Holy Family, The Virgin of Rosary, The Sacred Conversation, Our Lady of Mercy. His most important portraits include The Lady on Horseback and Governor Don Miguel Antonio de Ustariz. Campache also made some historic-theme paintings such as The Power Wreckage and The Siege of the Britons.