Charles Jos Biviano is a nationally recognized visual artist living in Richmond, Virginia.
Jos's artistic training began with an apprenticeship in the studio of the late, great William F. Byers, a noted landscape painter and iconographer. Later, Jos received a Bachelor of Arts from the Virginia Military Institute in 1979, and subsequently entered the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer where he traveled and experienced the world. After military service, Jos received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
From an early age, Jos was fascinated by form, color and texture as well as natural events and how they shaped the history of humankind. His paintings glorify Nature and evoke the transcendental images celebrated by the nineteenth-century Hudson River and Luminist Schools of Art. Jos's landscape paintings are marked by forceful and dramatic displays of light & shadow, intense color, and Turner-like atmospheric effects. Jos's compositions push the viewer for an emotional response. With few instances, his work often depicts the land with no elements of human intervention. Jos enjoys painting landscapes bathed in late afternoon sunlight when color harmonies are most pronounced. His love of landscape stems from having lived in several beautiful areas of the country, including many years in the desert Southwest, the Great Plains States, and most recently the Mid-Atlantic region. Although he works predominantly in oil, Jos also enjoys painting with gouache and other water-based media.
Jos exhibits nationally. Recently he was selected to participate in a “Works On Paper” show at the Waterworks Museum Of Art, Miles City, Montana. His selections came from a larger collection of 40 pieces created while Jos was at the Tucson Desert Museum, Arizona. These same 40 works were part of a study based on the photography of Ansel Adams and the national park system. Jos has also produced artwork for Carnegie Mellon's Moon Art Ark.
Jos's works are in the permanent collections of private, public, and corporate holdings throughout the United States. His diverse commissioned work ranges from South Africa Petrol Corp to the rock group Jethro Tull.
Jos is published widely through F&W Publications, Art News, Saatchi-Europe On-Line, and The University of California Press.
In 2019, Jos was conferred as a Signature Member to the prestigious International Society of Acrylic Painters. He is an active member of both the Antarctican and New Zealand Antarctic Societies.
Fine Art Apprenticeship, Studio of William F. Byers, 1976-1978
Virginia Military Institute, Bachelor of Arts, 1979
Arizona State University, Architecture & Environmental Design, 1994
University of Texas at Austin, Master of Architecture, 1997