He started drawing at an early age in the self-taught form as a consequence of a serious disease. The beginning of the civil war made him quit studying. His family moved to the interior of the city where the artist dedicated himself to the agricultural work. He began his studies in the School of Fine Arts of San Carlos in Valencia where he got acquainted with the painter and the sculptor Rafael Pérez Contel who would give him a great support and would influence his career as an artist in the School of Arts and Craftmanship in the same city.
His talent of the art was conductive to the winning of a scholarship of Painting of the Deputation in his city and he went to Madrid. In 1947 he was granted a scholarship of the Landscape painting for the completing of his studies in the vicinity of El Paular and in the same year he was one of the founders of the Group Z.
At the end of the decade of the fourties he began to stage his first collective and private exhibitions in Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. He got some help to ba able to travel throughout Europe: the General Direction of the cultural Relations made it possible for him to travel in Italy in 1954 and the Vice-Secretary of Public Education – in France.
José Vento took part in the Hispanoamerican Biennial Exhibitions: the First Biennial of the Mediterranean (Alexandria), Demonstration of Contemporary Art (the Middle East), and the IV Interantional Biennial of San Paulo. He succeeded in staging exhibitions in Paris, Rome, and Stockholm and he was starting to become famous thanks to his exhibitions in Spanish cities like Santander, San Sebastián, Barcelona, Oviedo, Salamanca, etc. He was engaged during many years in teaching children plastic arts. In the eighties he directed the workshop of painting in Madrid. Up to 1990 his painting came through the figurative forms to the geometrical abstractions of vivid colours.
He is represented, among others, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, in the Museum of Modern Art in Bilbao, in the National Library of Madrid, in the Museum of Abstract Art in Cuenca, and in the Museum of Modern Art in Alexandria.