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Angel Espoy (1879-1963)

Born in Villa Nueva, Spain on October 2, 1879, Angel Espoy left home at age 18 to work as a first mate in the Spanish merchant marines. While in that capacity, he acquainted himself with every detail of the clipper ships he later painted. His desire to paint took him to Barcelona where he studied with Sorolla. Following his father’s tobacco interests in the Philippines, he made many trips there at the turn of the century. Two years were spent in Havana where he began to earn his living as an artist by painting designs on furniture. Destitute, he made his way to New York City in 1904.


After a return to his native land, he moved to San Francisco in 1914. There he supported himself for seven years making cartoons for movies while painting on weekends with Manuel Valencia, Carl Jonnevold, and John Califano. In 1922 he moved to Southern California, and from that time he was able to subsist by the sale of his paintings. His great love of the sea is evident in the body of his work which includes seascapes and maritime subjects; however, he was also an accomplished painter of California’s rolling hills of poppies and lupine. Espoy died in Seal Beach, California on January 31, 1963.

Member: Los Angeles Art Association.

Exhibited: Madrid International Exposition, 1912; Barker Bros. Galleries, Los Angeles, 1934 (solo).

Works held: Los Angeles City Hall; Oakland Museum; Loyola University; many private collections.

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