Royo began painting at an early age and entered the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, Spain (where he was born in 1941) at the age of 14. He studied the famous masters, Goya, Renoir, Monet and Sorolla among others. during the 1970’s he worked on graphic illustrations and restoration work and contributed some major distinctions in competitions. He exhibited all over Spain and received commissions to paint the Royal Portraits of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia as well as prominent political and society figures.
“My eyes, my brain and my hands translated everything into drawings, shapes and colors. It was a game of infinite dimensions which gave meaning to life. Painting is a privilege; you must earn it.” – Royo
Through the 1980’s Royo perfected his style of painting the Mediterranean and exhibited abroad, notably in London, Brussels and Paris. He also participated in the International Geneva Art Fair. His dramatic use of color and texture capture his subject with unique flair.
Critics have concluded “If the artwork of Renoir were blended with that of the Valencian painters, you would arrive at the canvasses approaching the uniqueness of the impressive work of Royo”.