Andrew Gonzalez, of San Antonio, Texas, is an award-winning figurative artist
whose work has been exhibited in several countries. Born on October 13, 1963,
and raised in a creative family, Andrew's art education is largely self-taught.
His artist father, Anthony A. Gonzalez, encouraged his early interest in drawing
and painting but gave him no formal training.
In the year 2000, Andrew
Gonzalez had the distinct privilege to work closely with the well-known
Fantastic Realist artist Ernst Fuchs in Monaco and Austria.
The paintings of
Gonzalez are created with airbrushed acrylics on panel or canvas. Forms, values
and highlighting are created by lifting pigment with an abrasive eraser,
followed by the application of transparent layers of pigment. Influenced by
idealism in the mystical, visionary and esoteric traditions, the artist
describes his work as a contemporary Tantric or Transfigurative Art that
explores the dramatic union of the sensual and spiritual. His work is akin to a
revival of classical neoplatonic ideals centering on the figure as temple and
vessel sublimed by transformative forces.
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