Gilberto Gonzalez (Artist)
About the Artist
The genesis of my paintings came during a recovery from a serious illness seven years ago. Confined to my home for months the desire to paint became an obsession to express the experiences of my life growing up in the barrios of North Philadelphia. As a teenager and then young man my life took me into the dark heart of the city. My path eventually diverged from many of my friends who are either dead or incarcerated as I found my way out of the barrio through art. Many of the works are based on photographs I took of the inner city of my youth buildings and homes that have since been torn down or gentrified. Raw, violently colorful, my landscapes and portraits combine a personal interpretation of modern urban impressionism layered with graffiti elements that are incorporated into the patterns and forms of the work. Painting was and is exhilarating, liberating and helped me through a painful recovery. My art not allows me to share the artistic expression of my sometimes brutal experiences on canvas it quite literally – saved my life.
“Gonzalez, the prize-winning Senior Graphic Designer at the Community College of Philadelphia, is showing cityscapes of the barrio done in mixed media on canvas, and three small portraits: a self-portrait and two of children. His paintwork and drawing is rich and assured; his unpopulated scenes of modest buildings make impressive paintings.” ~ Art Blog Post by Andrea Kirsh
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