Magic realism in the artworks of Robert Gonsalves


The dizzying works of Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves miraculously play with your perception of space and time. Looking into his unusual pictures for a long time, you will sooner or later ask a question:

«Is it all real?»

Most of Rob’s fascinating artworks have no clear boundaries between the stories they tell us with images and optical illusions that cause indescribable delight from what we see.

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That special style of his artworks is called magic realism (surrealism).

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During his long and very successful career, the artist has been repeatedly got prestigious international awards.

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Robert was born in Toronto in 1959.

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From his childhood Gonsalves was interested in art, especially painting.

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By the age of 12, the boy already knew the basics of perspective and drew his first truly adult pictures.

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Works of famous Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, Max Ernst and others became his best tutorial.

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Gonsalves also drew inspiration from the works of Andre Burton, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon.

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Robert got his education in the College of Architecture.

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In his post college years, Gonsalves worked full-time as an architect…

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…and also devoted a lot of time to his hobby.

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Drawing skills and knowledge in the projection became very useful.

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In 1990 Gonsalves took part in Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

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After that he devoted himself to painting full-time.

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Despite his artworks belong to surrealism, they are still not fully sustained in this style.

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Unlike those of surrealists, his images are always clearly planned and are rather the result of conscious thought.

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The artist used carefully verified illusionist devices.

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Gonsalves added magic to real scenes…

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… so the term «magic realism» accurately describes his works.

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He insisted that his painting was an attempt to demonstrate to people that the impossible is in fact possible.

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Most of Robert’s works are in private collections now and cost unbelievable money.

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Unfortunately, Robert passed away on June 14, 2017.

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The last years of his life he was in deep depression, which became the cause of suicide.

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It’s so sad that genius and madness go hand in hand and take the best too soon.


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