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'The Human Condition,' by Rene Magritte
As a teenager, Gonsalves became intrigued by surrealism, particularly by works such as Rene Magritte's "The Human Condition." The piece, Gonsalves writes, “has a magical effect while being at the same time a straightforwardly realistic image." This image inspired him when he returned to painting.
Gonsalves continues, "I had wanted to affirm [in my own work] that magical and wondrous experiences are not confined to the realm of dreams or the subconscious, but rather can be derived from our experience and conscious interpretation of the physical world. "
Magritte's “magical realism” helped me see how I could achieve this.”
'Community Portrait,' by Rob Gonsalves
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Image of 'The Human Condition' via Wikipedia.org
Rob Gonsalves quotations on this page from "Masters of Deception," by Al Seckel