Artist Hans Quinonez

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Hans Quinonez was born in California and continues to reside there in Huntington Beach.   
He loves the outdoors and enjoys surfing, swimming, hiking and camping.  
From an early age, he had an innate ability to draw and was always drawn toward the arts. 
When he was in middle school, he learned the fundamentals of oil painting techniques and process at Bergeron Art School in Huntington Beach. 
He served as a lifeguard at Huntington City Beach, where he was a tower guard, junior lifeguard instructor and rescue boat deckhand.  
During his college years, he fulfilled a desire to wander and explore by traveling through the South Pacific, Europe, and eventually settled on the Hawai'ian island of Kaua'i for several years. 
While there, he began painting en plein air. 
Painting incredible natural beauty on remote beaches was largely a solitary pursuit. 
In 1986, attended a traveling exhibition titled “Russia: The Land, The People” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
As part of Gorbachev’s perestroika policy, works of art that had never left the Soviet Union (now Russia) traveled to the United States as part of a cultural exchange.  The exhibit included 19th century landscape paintings by the Russian “Circle of the Itinerants”, a group of artists whose mission was to travel and capture their countryside in paint.   The exhibit introduced artists like Levitan, Shishkin, Repin, Kramskoi, Surikov, Serov, Nesterov and others to the United States for the first time. 
Seeing these works left a lasting impression. 
He then traveled to Europe, visiting museums and lingering in Paris for several weeks, immersing himself in the works at the Louvre, Musee D’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and others. 
While in Paris, painted en plein-air on the streets, which was a learning experience he had never encountered painting alone on Kaua’i. 
“As soon as I opened my French Easel to paint, a crowd surrounded me!  I had [...]

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