Joan Puerto was born in 1968 in Santander, Spain. He grew up there close to the sea and in his childhood he used to spend many hours a day on the beach in the rocks there watching the sea. As an youngster he began to paint watercolours and his decision to become a painter followed.
His first studies began in Madrid where he passed lots of time in the Museums studying composition and and techniques of the old masters. After finishing half of the academy studies he went to Paris to learn further styles. The museums of Paris with their rich collections of impressionism were his favourites. Towards the end of the Paris studies he began to paint more and more seascapes of which even his Professors of Art were enthusiastic because of the delicate light of his sun sets or the wonderful nuances of colour depicting the waves. In some way his seascapes are like a self portrait, a landscape of his soul. Powerful but with a tender grip of a strong man. A return to the roots which can transform the menaced sea into a new harmony and life.
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