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25 Whimsical (and Mind-Bending) Paintings by Artist Robert Gonsalves

Mark Andrew

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One of the amazing things about good art is that they have the capability to make your imagination soar. A painting, for example, can take you to different places, make you ponder about an idea, or even wonder about how beautiful the world is.

To some degree, you get to experience all that while looking at the work of painter Robert Gonsalves. This Canadian artist is known for his optical illusion paintings that are as beautiful as they are whimsical.

In his official Facebook page, we read how Rob got started in art at a young age and how that journey brought him to where he is now.

He wrote:

“A childhood of daydreaming and drawing has evolved into a career of making paintings that are primarily a celebration of imagination. Along the way I took a detour into the world of Architecture, but after an enthusiastic response to my paintings at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1990, I began painting full time. Huckleberry Fine Art, in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area took the success of my work to a new level, and began publishing limited edition reproductions of it. Three children’s books have been created using my paintings: Imagine a Night, Imagine a Day and Imagine a Place. Master of Illusion is the name of the calendar series that contains my artwork, now in its sixth year.”

Check out the images below and be amazed with his stunning illustrations:

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Looking at his creations, it’s really not surprising why Rob’s getting a lot of attention on social media and from other online sources. In a BoredPanda feature, we learn Salvador Dali was among his influences. His work was likewise described by the site as “complex misdirections.”

To see more of his mind-bending paintings, you can check out the official Robert Gonzalves Facebook page.

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