|Butterfly and Color Spectrum|
house paint on stone
10 ft x 12 ft, 2012
located at 2811 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77007
"My artwork is a blend of reality, fantasy and nostalgia. Most of my work falls under the category of painting and drawing, but I continue to explore the possibilities of creating work without adhering to these methods. My work is inspired by narrative, graffiti, Pop Art, Chicano Art, music, fashion, pop culture and spacial relations. I try to stay as honest as I can with my work.
This is what molds me." - Raul Gonzalez
Raul Gonzalez was born and raised in Houston, TX. His artistic influences came from pop culture, video games, Lowrider magazine and music videos. He began drawing at an early age and eventually took art classes in high school.
Gonzalez studied Graphic and Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri for 2 years. At that time, Raul Gonzalez was certain of his career as an artist so he moved back to Houston and started working. Not finding a passion in any of the many jobs Raul worked, he decided to return to school part-time. In 2007 Raul transferred to the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Art Education.
After taking two courses (Color & Illustration) with David Hickman, Raul found a strong interest in painting. Raul graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received Magna Cum Laude Honors. During the same month he graduated, Raul also became one of the founding members of the art collective, The Montrose Art Society, which is based in Houston, TX. Raul's work has been shown around Texas and he has gained collectors throughout the United States. He is currently studying Studio Art at The University of Texas in San Antonio, where he is pursuing his masters degree in both painting and sculpture.
We are very proud to announce that Raul Gonzalez will have several colorful pieces on display for the Hello World exhibition which opens April 20, 2013.