With his extraordinary eye for detail, sense of exquisite style and 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 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 give 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.