ROB GONSALVES

Magic Realism

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Rob Gonsalves made paintings that spoke to the joyful and ponderous imagination of children and to us adults who can still find that inner child willing to swing so high that our shoes touch the sky.

Born in Toronto, Rob Gonsalves graduated from the Architecture program at Ryerson University and worked in the field for a few years before embarking on an internationally acclaimed painting career. His architectural studies gave him the skill sets to manipulate points of view, perspective, and scale in 2-D and enabled him to bend and play with reality. His influences include Magritte, Remedios Varo, Kurerlek, and the ProgRock album covers of his teens.

Rob Gonsalves drew from his own personal narrative. He was inspired by Toronto and New York architecture, the night sky, and the rugged, Eastern Ontario landscape of rock, trees, and lakes where he eventually settled in 2001.

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Magic Realism


Magic Realism is a style of painting where reality is mixed with magic. Rob Gonsalves’ work is categorized as Magic Realism. More specifically, his paintings have an autobiographical, symbolic narrative that invites the viewer into his beautiful mind where alternative realities exist at the same time. His work is a visual, human experience of quantum theory’s Entangled Spaces and Time.

“I believe that there is a real magic in life. Sometimes the experience of it can be dependent on one’s point of view. I have come to see the making of art as the search for that point of view where the magic and wonder of life appears not so much as an illusion, but as an essential truth that often gets obscured.” Rob Gonsalves



The Painting Process

Rob Gonsalves explored oil on board initially. His mature work is acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Generally, a painting took 3-4 months to complete. The concept and layout stages were the most intense and frustrating. The painting stage was spent joyfully.

All of his 167 paintings are in international, private collections. Our hopes and plans are to, one day, create a traveling show of the originals.We’re slowly adding painting information and in the future, will list poster and print availability. Check the shop for more details.

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