By Cylee Drake
An illusion is a distortion of the senses, which can reveal how the human brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Although illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people. All of the following paintings were brought to life by Rob Gonsalves.
Gonsalves was born June 25, 1959 in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up, he was very fascinated by art. He began creating his first painting at the age of twelve after learning about architectural perspective techniques.
His work was heavily influenced by René François Ghislain Magritte, a Belgian surrealist artist. Both created art under the category of “magic realism.”
After college, Gonsalves worked as a full-time architect painting murals and theater sets. When his artistic work started to become more popular, Gonsalves devoted himself to painting as a full-time job.
His work was published in his first hard cover book, Imagine a Night, featuring sixteen of his paintings.
Gonsalves work has been exhibited at Art Expo New York , Art Expo Los Angeles, Decor Atlanta, Decor Las Vegas, as well as one-man show at Huckleberry Fine Art.
Gonsalves’ work was even featured in Ariana Grande’s music video for her song “God is a Woman.”
Rob Gonsalves ended his life on June 14, 2017 at the age of 57 near Brockville, Ontario.