Painting is a form of communication on the deepest and most
lasting level. It outlasts many generations. Therefore, it must
not deviate from the truth. As an artist whose work is collected
by many around the globe, Lex Gonzalez holds this as his highest
creed. This is most notably reflected in his works. Painting professionally
for over forty years, artist Lex Gonzalez continues to leave his
admirer's in awe of the poetic beauty that his work exudes. Born
in Manila on October 31, 1938, Lex Gonzalez is the son of the late
Felix Pinto Gonzalez, also a renowned artist. Along with his brothers
and sisters, Lex Gonzalez was exposed to art early in his childhood.
Growing up in a creative environment sparked an early interest in
the arts for Lex Gonzalez and his siblings. He nurtured this interest
during his studies at the College of Architecture at Feati University
in Manila. The education and training in architecture has played
a pertinent role in how artist Lex Gonzalez creates his work, particularly
with regard to the astonishing level of precision evident in his
work. During his senior year in college, Lex Gonzalez went with
his heart and decided to devote a full-time career to oil painting.
In his first art competition, Lex Gonzalez won an award for his
entry, "The Exile", at the National Art Contest in the Philippines.
Soon thereafter, he achieved national recognition at the Philippine
National Press Club Art Competition for his painting, "The Crucifixion".
The turning point in his art career came in 1958 when he won the
coveted First Prize for his piece entitled "The Golden Harvest"
in the Philippine-American House at the National Exposition in Manila.
With all of the critical acclaim, artist Lex Gonzalez decided to
open his own gallery, the Lex Gonzalez Art Gallery on United Nations
Avenue in Ermita, Manila's art district. His paintings were now
being sought after by art collectors, entertainers and political
figures both locally and abroad. As the number of collectors swelled
in the United States, Lex Gonzalez took to the notion of relocating
his business to the US. In 1978, Lex Gonzalez, along with his wife
and children, made the move to the U.S. Since then, the family has
embraced Los Angeles, California as their home. An artist whose
work has been noted as Romantic Realism, Lex Gonzalez is well known
for his beautifully executed still lifes, landscapes, seascapes,
equestrian scenes, head and figure studies, and portraits. His still
lifes of roses bring out the beauty of the perennially loved flower
at its best, second only to nature's creation.
With his extraordinary eye for detail, sense of exquisite style
and love of storytelling, fine artist Rino Gonzalez has amassed
a great following. Many around the world admire the artist's skill
for creating such striking realism. "I try to put my subjects on
canvas as realistically and as detailed as possible. However, I
make sure I leave something for the viewer's imagination." the artist
states. Only sixteen years old at the time, Rino Gonzalez, along
with his family, emigrated to the United States from Manila, Philippines
in 1978. Like his father and mentor Lex Gonzalez, Rino Gonzalez
also grew up in an artistic environment and knew even at a very
young age that he wanted to become a fine artist. Under the latter's
tutelage, the young Gonzalez learned the traditional method of painting
and spent his early years perfecting his pencil drawing and composition
before he actually commenced the use of oil colors. As his father-mentor
stressed, "A true artist must first learn how to draw proficiently.
Only then will the application of oil colors on canvas, or any surface
for that matter, come with ease and grace." To further his interest
in the arts, Rino Gonzalez enrolled in the Arts Magnet at Fairfax
High School in West Los Angeles. He later won several awards in
art competitions during his college years as a Fine Arts major at
the California State University, Los Angeles. The education he received
there set the foundation for his chosen career in the arts. Upon
completion of his university studies, he embarked on what is now
considered an extensive career in fine art oil painting. The artist
dabbled with a variety of subjects ranging from figure studies to
landscapes and later chose to concentrate on still lifes. "I think
every artist goes through periods of creating works in a given genre.
I consider this time in my career to be the 'Still Life Period.'
Although I have found a love in creating the still life, I put no
boundaries on what my future work will represent," proclaims the
artist. Art connoisseurs and collectors were quick to notice the
artist's works ever since he first started to display them at a
well-known art gallery in Los Angeles. His much sought after oil
paintings are usually acquired even before completion. In addition,
he has been commissioned to produce numerous paintings for art collectors
both locally and abroad. The thirty-eight year old realistic painter
continues to create at his studio in Los Angeles and has been featured
in one-man and group art shows in California, Hawaii, and other
states. Romance, combined with his eye for detail, allows his work
to tell a story with a true emotion that has entranced numerous
admirers around the world.
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