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Rob Gonsalves, 1959 | Surrealist /Optical Illusion painter

Robert "Rob" Gonsalves is an award winning Canadian painter of magic realism -surrealism. He produces original works, limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books.

Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Ontario. As a young adult he developed an interest in drawing from imagination using various media. By the age of twelve, his awareness of architecture grew as he learned perspective techniques and he began to create his first paintings and renderings of imagined buildings.

After an introduction to artists in his thirties Escher, 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 because 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, to be open to possibility.

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., Marcus Ashley Gallery in South Lake Tahoe, Hudson River Art Gallery, Saper Galleries (November 7 to December 31, 2004) and Kaleidoscope Gallery.
In June 2003, Simon and Schuster introduced North America and Canada to "Imagine a Night", Gonsalves' first hardcover book featuring sixteen paintings.
Due to the success of "Imagine a Night", Simon and Schuster released a second book, Imagine A Day, in 2004 for which he won the 2005 Governor General's Award in the Children's Literature - Illustration category.
His book Imagine a Place was released in 2008.
He released another book, "Imagine a World", in September 2015.
Gonsalves is a founder and member in good standing of the Fellowship of the Gourd and the Arrow.

Rob Gonsalves è un artista multi premiato, nato a Toronto in Canada, prima di tutto architetto e scenografo: quello era il suo mestiere prima di dedicarsi completamente alla pittura.
L’interesse per l’arte nasce sin da piccolo, quando dimostra interesse per il disegno e a dodici anni, quando la sua attrazione si sposta verso l’architettura grazie alla quale impara le tecniche di prospettiva, che sono il mezzo ideale per dar vita alle costruzioni immaginarie.
L’artista è molto apprezzato nel continente americano: qui infatti, ha esposto già in diverse mostre, presso l’Art Expo di New York e di Los Angeles, Decor Atlanta e Las Vegas, Fine Art Forum, nelle gallerie di Discovery, nelle gallerie di Marcus Ashley in South Lake Tahoe, presso l’Hudson River Art Gallery, Saper Galleries presso la Kaleidoscope Gallery.