Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves found his inclination in drawing since his early childhood. By the age of twelve years old, his interest in architecture increased as he learned perspective techniques and began to do his first paintings and visualizations of imagined buildings.
Inspired by Salvador Dali and Yves 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 as an architect, also painting trompe l’oeil murals and theatre sets but after his big success in 1990 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gonsalves devoted himself entirely to painting.
Although Gonsalves’ work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs as the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. Ideas are largely generated by the external world and involve daily human activities, using illusionist means. The term “Magic Realism” describes his work accurately and you can consistently see it at his artworks as he infuses magic into realistic scenes. His work is an attempt to point human beings’ desire to believe in the impossible.
In June of 2003, Simon and Schuster introduced North America to Imagine a Night, Gonsalves’ first hardcover book featuring sixteen paintings and due to the great success of Imagine A Night, Simon & Schuster have released three more books featuring Gonsalves’ artwork since. Limited edition prints and original works are available through Huckleberry Fine Art. You can follow Gonsalves through his official Facebook page.