José Luis Varto is known as a creative, spirited and relentless explorer of new forms of artistic expression. Constantly experimenting with new materials, he creates new art concepts that have led him from realistic art to a unique abstraction of shape, which characterizes his work, or “lonarias.”


Attracted to sketching from his early years, José Luis was encouraged by his father and inspired by his mother who passed along her passion for observation. His skills steadily developed, along with a growing sensitivity to color and shape.


Jose's interest in graphic expression encouraged him to practice his skills in journalistic illustration.  He went on to study at the University of Mexico, where he learned new techniques and created realistic and surreal pieces, creating recognizable shapes or abstract figures in dreamlike settings.


In addition to working at advertising agencies as an illustrator, designer and art director, Jose Luiz has had numerous individual exhibitions in Mexico and other countries, along with local and international collective exhibits.  His recent works will be on display at Benicia’s Milinda Perry Gallery, March 1-April 30, with an artist reception March 15.