Jose Crespo is a Spanish sculptor originary from the Mediterranean city of Castellon de la Plana. Due to his military carrier he has been appointed to different posts around Spain, to Belgium and the United States. He has taken advantage of this fact to get to know new people, new places and landscapes where to focus his art.
He originates from a family with a long history of art and from his formative years was inspired to draw with both pencil and ink. Jose is a self-taught painter, who gained a wealth of experience in learning from his father, a Spanish infantry Colonel.
Since 1997 the artist has moved to the sculpture, experimenting in modelling in clay and the process known as ‘lost-wax’ casting,
His sculptures in bronze depict figures from former military times, as well as characters in traditional dress and subjects of bullfighting such as bulls and bullfighters. One of the favourite subjects of the artist is privately commissioned clay busts sculpted from real life models.
Reenactments of historic battles are places where the author finds motives for his sculptures. Places like Waterloo or Mons in Belgium and Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Saint Augustine or Williamsburg in the USA are visited by Jose Crespo and his actors transformed into bronze figures afterwards.
Artists like Cusachs i Cusachs and Mariano Benlliure are continuous references for Jose Crespo, together with other artists like Norman Rockwell, Harold Foster or Frederick Remington. A number of his figures are developments from Cusachs paintings.
The author has taken part in collective exhibitions in Madrid and Castellón in Spain and Alexandria and Arlington in Virginia, USA. Two solo exhibitions have been displayed in Mons, Belgium.