Jose Emroca Flores grew up in Northern Nevada where he spent much of his youth actively outdoors skateboarding, playing baseball, and snowboarding. He has always been creative and imaginative on paper and outdoors. Building makeshift skate ramps from scrapwood was the norm in his childhood. He’d round up all the kids from the cul-de-sac and they’d skate late into the evenings. He moved to California after high school to play baseball and pursue his art.
Emroca later attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where he learned to develop the ability to materialize his imagination while advancing his technique as a visual artist. On his downtime from school, he’d still skateboard and snowboard and started to surf in the sharky cold San Francisco waters. It was then when he stumbled upon his forever two loves of his life: his new found passion for the ocean and his beautiful wife.
When he graduated from the Academy of Art, he immediately went to work as a visual development artist in the entertainment industry in L.A. In the course of his work on films, games, animation, books, and advertising, his original oil paintings were shown in galleries across the U.S. Many of his pieces have been showcased in galleries across the country.
Emroca still shows in galleries while working as a freelance artist from his home in Carlsbad where surf and challenging work are at his fingertips. He attributes the evolution of his art to his passion of surfing and riding his motorcycle. His inspiration comes from everyday life, personal interactions in and out of the water, and memorable scenes from his surf trips around the globe… especially in those moments at dusk when there is just enough light hanging onto the horizon before night falls. It’s those moments in time when Emroca’s imagination is limitless and at it’s best.
Living in North County, San Diego has done Emroca well for ten years now and he loves life as an independent artist while creating innovations out of his own studio. Aside from oil paintings on wood, Emroca uses pencil, paper, and digital mediums. It all varies from project to project but the creativity is always at work.
He's available for visual development work, and illustration. He is also represented by MB Artists for book illustration.Clients, projects and name dropping: