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Rob Gonsalves is an internationally renowned artist that invented Magic Realism. After an introduction to Artists Dali and Tanguy, Gonsalves began his first surrealist paintings. The "Magic Realism" approach of Magritte along with the precise perspective illusions of Escher came to be influences in his future work.
In his post college years, Gonsalves worked full time as an architect, also painting trompe l’oeil murals and theatre sets. After an enthusiastic response in 1990 at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gonsalves devoted himself to painting full time.
In June of 2003, Simon and Schuster introduced North America and Canada to Imagine a Night, Gonsalves’ first hardcover book featuring sixteen paintings. In October of 2004, Sterling Publishing released masters of Deception. A hardcover book featuring, Gonsalves’ image The Sun Sets Sail on the cover, and including a 16 page chapter on the artist.
Due to the success of Imagine A Night, Simon & Schuster released Imagine A Day, a companion book in February of 2005. Followed by “Imagine A Place” in 2008. Sellers Publishing produced his first wall calendar for 2009, titled “master of Illusion” and another was released for 2010. Gonsalves has been recognized as the most famous living surrealist painter in North America .