Rob Gonsalves was a Canadian painter of magic realism also known as surrealism who passed away in June this year. Magic realism developed as an art movement after World War One; it’s a genre that blends realistic elements with elements of fantasy.
Rob’s perplexing paintings are typified by the remarkable detail and sharp focus and his work has been influenced by artists such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. He also produced limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books. Rob started drawing at an early age and worked as an architect before making an impact at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1990, after which he dedicated himself to painting full-time.
These bewildering paintings, courtesy of Diply, have an interesting way of twisting your perception and causing you to question if anything in the painting is real. Most of Gonsalves’ stunning paintings have some sort of optical illusion that makes you feel like you have to take a second look. And every time you see the painting you might end up even more amazed and mesmerized. Furthermore, just read the titles of the works and you’ll really appreciate what it is the artist is trying to portray.