The Innovations of Irizarry

Epifanio Irizarry AKA “Fano” without doubt was one of Ponce Greatest Artist. Is a beautiful thing when you get to examine a painting by him from a close perspective, only in that time is that you realize that the man was a Genius. People tend to think that he’s best work where watercolor painting which do not get me wrong they had a special magical touch that left you wanting to see more, but when you see a Oil painting by him is a totally different scenario.

Epifanio Irizarry work without doubt has the potential to be in any serious museum. His painting and technique where complex and well elaborated. His painting played a roll with color and light that the incorporation of the impressionist movement can be seen easily in his work. You can see in the next paintings that Irizarry tends to fragment different colors of the painting with thick brushstrokes making this into his trademark touch seen in almost all of his painting.

Veleros 14×18 Oil on Canvas 1964
Note the paint on white, or very lightly tinted gounds, all of which add to brilliance of color and luminosity in this painting.

The broken brushstrokes, often just “dabs” of paint, and the high keys of colors, due in part to colored shadows, is the quality that us Puerto Rican love in his work. He work are becoming Extremely Rare to find in the open market since collector have found out that his pieces are on the rise and lot of his best work are exiting Puerto Rico to end up in American Collection. Already I have seen Oil Painitng with asking prices between $7,000 up to $25,000 USD for bigger paintings.

“Oleaje” 10.5” x 21.5”Oil on Canvas 1968

This painting called Oleaje is a rare theme by the painter this is the only Painting that I have seen where the complete theme is the Ocean. Irizarry in this painintg worked with great rapidity to capture the effects of rippling water and sunlight. The light shining on the beach and paler color in the distance lead the eye into the landscape, yet the patterned brushwork in the foreground emphasizes the surface of the canvas. The final result is something BEAUTIFUL




If any Reader has the opportunity to purchase an original oil painting by Irizarry I can reassure that you will instantly fall in love with the painting and surely will be a safe and intelligent purchase in the near future.

Thanks For Reading!!!!

by Joey Medrano

6 thoughts on “The Innovations of Irizarry”

  1. I have an original oil in canvas (30″ x 40″) by Epifanio Irrizary that portraits Don Quijote and Sancho Panza in one of their adventures. I acquired this paint around 1978 in a gallery that was in Campo Rico Avenue and owned by a Cuban friend of Irrizary. Might be interested in selling it to the right collector for the right price.

  2. Hi Felix If you want to post the price and a picture of the painting I do not have a problem you doing this on the page, if you do this it will certainly bring more attention and interest on the piece, also put an email that people could reach you for more info. Thanks!!!

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