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Rob Gonsalves





 

Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism. He was born in Toronto,Ontario in 1959. He won the 2005 Governor General's Award in the Children's Literature - Illustration category for Imagine a Day. He is also an accomplished guitarist.

During his childhood, Gonsalves developed an interest in drawing from imagination using various media. By age twelve, his awareness of architecture grew as he leaned perspective techniques and began to do his first paintings and renderings of imagined buildings.

After an introduction to artists Dalí and Tanguy, Gonsalves began his first surrealist paintings. The "Magic Realism" approach of Magritte along with the precise perspective illusions of Escher came to be influences in his future work.

In his post college years, Gonsalves worked full time as an architect, also painting trompe-l'œil murals and theatre sets. After an enthusiastic response in 1990 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gonsalves devoted himself to painting full time.

Although Gonsalves' work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs due to the fact that the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. Ideas are largely generated by the external world and involve recognizable human activities, using carefully planned illusionist devices. Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term "Magic Realism" describes his work accurately. His work is an attempt to represent human beings desire to believe the impossible.

Numerous individuals around the world, corporations, embassies, and a United States Senator collect Gonsalves' original work, and limited edition prints. Rob Gonsalves has exhibited at Art Expo New York and Los Angeles, Decor Atlanta and Las Vegas, Fine Art Forum, as well as one-man shows at Discovery Galleries, Ltd., Hudson River Art Gallery, and Kaleidoscope Gallery.



 


Doll's Dreamhouse



 


Widows Walk


 


Flood Fences


 


For the Birds


 


Spring Skiing



 


Chess Master



 


The Library



 


Bedtime Aviation


 


Table Top Towers


 


White Blanket


 


New Moon Eclipsed


 


Ladies of the Lake


 


On the Upswing


 


Written Worlds


 


Performer and the Public


 


Pulling Strings


 


The Mosaic Moat


 


Canyon


 


Tributaries


 


Castle on the Cliff


 


Autumn Architecture


 


Still Waters


 


Here Comes the Flood


 


Carved in Stone


 


Tree House in Autumn


 


Nocturnal Skating


 


A Change of Scenery


 


Community Portrait


 


The Woods Within


 


Deluged


 


Roots and Wings


 


Time Pieces


 


The Sun Sets Sail -- all are now sold out, sorry


 


Wilderness Gothic


 


Flight Plan


 


Making Waves


 


Stepping Stones


 


Astral Projections


 


Listening Fields


 


Unfinished Puzzle


 


In Search of Sea


 


House by the Railroad


 


Cold Comfort


 


Medieval Moonlight


 


Candle Power -- now sold out


 


The Light of A Late Night


 


Into The Labyrinth


 


Acrobatic Engineering

 
 

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