Rob Gonsalves

Although Rob Gonsalves’ art is often categorized as Surrealism, it differs as each illusion is deliberately planned and results from conscious thought. Ideas are largely generated by the external world and involve recognizable human activities, using carefully planned illusionist devices. Artist Rob Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Canada in 1959. During his childhood Gonsalves began to express his artistic ability. Drawing strictly from his imagination using various types of media, he began to develop his artistic talent. By age twelve, his awareness of architecture grew as he learned perspective techniques and drew his first  renderings of imagined buildings.

After an introduction to Artists Dali and Tanguy, Rob Gonsalves began his first surrealist paintings. His work was influenced by Magritte’s  “Magic Realism” approach in tandem with the precise perspective illusions of MC Escher. In  post college years, Gonsalves worked full time as an architect; while painting trompe l’oeil murals and theatre sets. After an enthusiastic response in 1990 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gonsalves devoted himself to painting full time.

Rob Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term “Magical Realism” describes his work accurately. His work is an attempt to represent human beings’ desire to believe in the impossible.

Rob left this Earth June 14, 2017. An accomplished Canadian artist and musician, Rob was 57 and at his creative peak as he continued to create art that was loved worldwide. His family, friends and the people he touched through his art will keep him in their hearts, and keep his light alive.

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