Born on December 23, 1751 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, José Campeche was the son of Tomás Campeche, a slave who bought his freedom. Tomás was a restorer and painter of religious statues thus influencing José at a very young age. Campeche was also influenced by the exiled Spanish court painter Luis Parets Alcázar.
Among some of his most notable work are the portraits of Ramón de Castro and Miguel A. de Ustáriz, the Virgin of Belen, the Virgin of the Rosary, Saint John the Baptist, the Sacred Family,the Bishop of San Francisco de la Cuerda and the Vision of Saint Anthony.
“Campeche also excelled in architecture and wood carving; he built the altar of Saint Anne’s church in San Juan and an altar-piece in Hormigueros.”
His portraits show characteristics of the French rococo, a style of art that originated in France in the early 18th century. Campeche died on November, 7 1809.
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