George Gonzalez

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

George Gonzalez

United States

George A. Gonzalez
Biography & Artist Statement

Richness, elegance, creative diversity, and emotional characterization are the hallmarks of this Texas artist born in 1966. When combined with his dramatic use of lighting, shadow, and color, his canvases quickly create a mood of gentle and vivid emotions. Even more significant is Mr. Gonzalez's sense of detail, not only in the realism of his subject matter, but in the attention he takes to prepare his canvases and panels. Primarily self-taught, Mr. Gonzalez has gained invaluable experience through extensive book studies and by attending museums.

Mr. Gonzalez states, "Although realistic and contemporary in style, the paintings I create are developed in the Old Masters' tradition of color glazes, and I am currently adding dimensions of surrealism and trompe l'oeil with a sense of creative humor to my still life paintings. Since the first day I began to draw, I've always had a love for still life. Unlike other genres, still life allows me more control over lighting, composition, arrangement, design, and color. My work is influenced by the artwork of the Dutch Masters, Caravaggio, Harnett, Dali, and Magritte."

Mr. Gonzalez's paintings, created in oil have won numerous awards including the Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine's Still Life Competition 2002 and Finalist in the 2006 Competition. He was recently accepted into the traveling museum exhibition, “The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century.” This exhibition was exhibited in 10-15 museums across the country from 2008-2011. In the twenty years that he has been painting professionally, he has held a number of one-man and group shows, and has developed a following of private collectors and admirers throughout the United States and Europe.

His organization memberships include Oil Painters of America, the American Artist Professional League, National Oil And Acrylic Painter’s Society, and the International Guild of Realism.

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