With his extraordinary eye for detail, sense of exquisite style and love of storytelling, artist Rino Gonzalez has gained 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. Rino along with his cousins Roy Gonzalez Tabora and Rodel Gonzalez are the third generation from a family of artists. Their grandfather Felix Gonzalez, Sr., an only child, started the legacy continued by his sons Rick and Lex Gonzalez.
Like his father and mentor Lex Gonzalez, Rino also grew up in an artistic environment and knew at a very young age that he wanted to be a fine artist. Under the latter’s tutelage, Rino learned the traditional method of painting and spent his early years perfecting his pencil drawing and composition before he actually commenced the use of colors. As his father stressed, “A true artist must first learn how to draw proficiently. Only then will the application of colors 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. Upon completion of his university studies, he embarked on what is now considered an extensive career in fine art oil painting.
Rino dabbled with a variety of subjects ranging from portraits, figure studies, landscapes and later chose to concentrate on still lifes. “My father always advised me it’s good to be versatile as an artist but also to pick a genre where I could really connect and paint with passion. So that when people see the work they know it is a Rino Gonzalez.”
Art connoisseurs and collectors were quick to notice the artist’s work ever since he first started to display them in a well- known art gallery in Los Angeles. His much sought after oil paintings are usually acquired even before their completion. 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.