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Angel Espoy (1879-1963)

 

Angel Espoy was born in Villa Nueva, Spain in 1879.  Leaving home at the age of 18, Espoy took job as a seaman with the Spanish merchant marines.  Following this experience, Espoy headed to Barcelona for art studies with the famous Joaquin Sorolla.

 

Ever on the go, Angel Espoy headed to the Philippines to assist with his fatherís tobacco concern, followed by an unsuccessful two-year stint painting designs on furniture in Havana, Cuba. 

 

Espoy arrived in San Francisco in 1914, and earned a living as a cartoonist while painting on weekends with many of the well established early northern California artists, such as Manuel Valencia and Carl Jonnevold.  In 1922 Espoy moved to southern California, and from that time forth was able to support himself solely through the sale of his paintings.

 

Best known for his spring landscapes featuring the rolling wildflower covered hills of California, Angel Espoy was also an accomplished marine painter whose seascapes and coastal works were in high demand.  Angel Espoy died in Seal Beach, California, in 1963.

 

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