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Rob Gonsalves

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Artist Rob Gonsalves was born in Toronto, Canada in 1959. During his childhood, he developed an interest in drawing from imagination using various media. By age twelve, his awareness of architecture grew as he leaned perspective techniques and began to do his first paintings and renderings of imagined buildings.

After an introduction to Artists Dali 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'oeil 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 due to the fact that 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 is the impossible.

Numerous individuals around the world, corporations, embassies, and a United States Senator collect Gonsalves' original work, and limited edition prints. Rob 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., Hudson River Art Gallery, and Kaleidoscope Gallery.

June of 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 & Schuster is planning to release Imagine a Day in 2004

New Releases

big air
Big Air
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light flurries
Light Flurries
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chalkboard universe
Chalkboard Universe
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change of scenery II
Change of Scenery II
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sweet city
Sweet City
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Available Editions

spring skiing
Spring Skiing
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widows walk
Widows Walk
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widows walk II
Widows Walk II
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tower of knowledge
Tower of Knowledge
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sailing island
Sailing Island
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the dancing wind
The Dancing Wind
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the performaer and his public
The Performer
& His Public
chess master
Chess Master
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written worlds
Written Worlds
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stepping stones
Stepping Stones
.
unfinished puzzle
Unfinished
Puzzle
new moon eclipsed
New Moon
Eclipsed
here comes the flood
Here Comes
The Flood
autumn tree house
Autumn Tree
House
in search of sea
In Search Of Sea
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autumn cycling
Autumn Cycling
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cold comfort
Cold Comfort
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the house by the railroad
The House By
The Railroad
tributaries
Tributaries
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carved in stone
Carved In Stone
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listening fields
Listening Fields
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flight plan
Flight Plan
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castle on a cliff
Castle On A
Cliff
nocturnal skating
Nocturnal
Skating
canyon
Canyon
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making waves
Making Waves
.
deluged
Deluged
.
community portrait
Community
Portrait
into the labyrinth
Into The
Labyrinth
the light of the late night
The Light Of
The Late Night
acrobatic engineering
Acrobatic
Engineering
pulling strings
Pulling Strings
.
the woods within
The Woods
Within
high park pickets
High Park
Pickets
astral projections
Astral
Projections
the mosaic moat
The Mosaic Moat
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roots and wings
Roots & Wings
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candle power
Candle Power
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still waters
Still Waters
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medieval moonlight
Medieval
Moonlight
wilderness gothic
Wilderness Gothic
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autumn architecture
Autumn
Architecture
table top towers
Table Top
Towers
for the birds
For The Birds
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white blanket
White Blanket
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cathedral of commerce
Cathedral Of
Commerce
ladies of the lake
Ladies Of The
Lake
doll's dreamhouse
Doll's Dreamhouse
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alpine navigation
Alpine Navigation
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flood fences
Flood Fences
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on the upswing
On The Upswing
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