Illusion Paintings by Rob Gonsalves
Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian artist working in the style of magical realism.
He was born in 1959 in Toronto. As a child, Rob constantly developed his interest in drawing. At the age of 12 he started painting. Gonsalves drew his first surrealist paintings when he saw the works of Salvador Dali and Yves Tanguy. Magic Realism by Rene Magritte and Maurits Cornelis Escher had a great influence on his future work.
After graduating from college Gonsalves worked as an architect, but also painted theater sets. After the successful exhibition of street art in Toronto in 1990, Gonsalves devoted himself entirely to painting.
His images are always well planned and they are the result of conscious thought. The ideas of the pictures are generated from the outside world and are based on human activity. The artist uses a carefully planned illusion trick. Gonsalves adds magic in the real scene. His painting is an attempt to show people that the impossible is possible.
Many prominent people, known corporations, embassies, as well as US Senator collect his paintings and his limited edition posters.
Gonsalves took part in the Art Expo in New York and Los Angeles, Decor in Atlanta and Las Vegas. His personal exhibitions were held in such galleries as Discovery, Hudson River and Kaleidoscope.
In 2003, the publishing house Simon & Schuster released his first book with illustrations Imagine a Night. The second one – Imagine a Day – was published in 2005. And the third – Imagine a Place – was released in 2008.
Illusion paintings are always interesting and rarely leave anyone indifferent.
Rob is an artist with a unique style and sense of perspective. Each of his pictures is a real masterpiece. His paintings consist of several compositions flowing smoothly from one to another.
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