Joya's techniques and his works as a whole

Jose T. Joya's works are said to be innovative and 'exciting' in visual forms and images. The composition of his art was very powerfully structured. The balance and tension were controlled with extreme caution and great skill. The colors of his works complemented bold contrast. He would usually apply paint in crisscrosses with a variety of colors applied in large patches. Juxtaposed forms simultaneously advance and recede, creating subtle tension and complex rhythms.

Joya also willed his paintings to have texture, to create a desired effect. He did this by finishing rough impasto over heavy underlayers of primer mixed with sand. This added even more and enhanced his expressionism through these surface textures.

Three highly important critics on Joya during his last decade

"Professor Jose Joya is among the last of the pioneering generation which decisively changed the course of Philippine art. From his first public exhibit, his art was firmly wedded to abstract and he has continued to do so with single-minded devotion.
Still a highly visible presence, he and his legion of younger followers have not fully comprehended what in fact he is.
Mr. Joya is an Old Master.
To be regarded as an Old Master means a consecration, not an ossification of powers. For Mr. Joya continues to mine the sources of his inspiration with unfailing inventiveness and an increasing sense of the properties of color in the service of his view of life.
But Mr. Joya is under siege. A new generation has been born. Its members have yet to issue their manifesto, as every new generation does. They need a spokesman, but none has appeared.
Having made his mark, Mr. Joya should accept it gracefully. He has after all made his indelible imprint on Philippine painting."
The Manila Times
November 29, 1986

"Joya's drawings disprove a charge often made against abstract artists: that they do abstractions because they can't do the human figure. In his drawings, Joya dazzlingly proves he can detail the human body even without an actual model before him-and the question arises: May not his representational drawings outrank his abstract paintings in the future?
He says he ranks them equal-'although in terms of weight, the paintings will always be heavier'. But let time decide. 'The paintings are my private fun. I do them for my own satisfaction.' "
Philippines Daily Inquirer
August 26, 1987

"Like the Philistines who hang around artists' circle, I never really understood Joya's paintings. If he were a mason, he would have built a very strong house. He was generous with paint like he applied mortar. But they moved me in a sensual way. His paintings were never static. They were in continuous whirl. He was what they said of the kind who could paint a man falling off a ladder.
This sense of motion never left Joe. Joe was a dervish of an energy. He painted for posterity. He also painted for the money that he needed to put to school the gifted and the needy. There is a long list of artists who will see him off and who will acknowledge a debt they can never repay."
May 20,1995