Rob Gonsalves is one of my favorite contemporary painters. His unique style and perspective are just so simple and yet so complex that I just find myself lost in his work. His paintings tell multiple stories, with the line between them gradually fading and making the viewer jump back and forth between the images. Is there one reality, or are there more? Gonsalves’ art explores that question.
Although Gonsalves’ work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs because the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. I think the term “Magic Realism” describes his work accurately; it shows just how magic mundane things can be, and what beauty lies in the most common environments.
His ideas come from the external world, and while most of the elements in his pictures area easily recognizable, the illusions he creates are often hard to comprehend. Many of his paintings also seem to send out a message, speaking out to the viewer.