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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






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




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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