Rudolf Gonzalez, born February 27, 1955 in Manila, Philippines, is the oldest son of famed Filipino artist, the late Rick Gonzalez, and grandson of another famed Filipino artist, the late Felix Gonzalez. He developed his style from their influence and from the influence of artists he admires, namely, Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent, Monet and Sisley.
His love of art was evident at an early age and he began his apprenticeship with his father in 1963. By 1968, he also started working in the family's art gallery in the Ermita district of Manila. His first sale the following year: A 9" x 12" seascape. This event paved the way for Rudolf to pursue his love of art and aspire to become a great artist. After finishing high school and college at the Far Eastern University, Rudolf participated in numerous exhibits and competitions.
Being multi-faceted, Rudolf expresses his vision through many mediums and subjects. His skill with charcoal, pencil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil allows him to explore the different moods of subjects, including seascapes, landscapes, still life, portraits and human interest compositions. He often experiments with mixed media, unbound by the "rules of art."
Whether he is talking about art or creating art, Rudolf Gonzalez is undoubtedly a man who is truly passionate about his artistry.
"Every work I make is a part of me--my emotions, my experiences, my life."