Spring Update

An update on new art and ongoing projects.

Warmer weather is finally here!

I’ve been collaborating with the super talented Tracy Widdess of BRUTAL KNITTING on a Mayan headdress and it, too, is finally here.

The headdress is that of a scribe. The Maya believed the celestial serpent Itzamna to be the inventor and patron saint of writing. Itzamna taught writing to a rabbit, who in turn taught it to monkey men and the old god, Pawatun, and they in turn taught writing to humans.

The scribe’s headdress served many purposes, such as, carrying the tools of their trade, food and adornment made from native plants and wild life.

Click this link to see more of the Mayan inspired work.

The headdress is currently on display at Century Vintage
Century Vintage
1508 Central Ave
Charlotte 28205
704-806-8986

 

GONZA Fish are now available at Fu ManChu Cupcakes in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte NCBe sure to stop by during the art crawl Friday April 3rd.
826 Lamar Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205Hours of Operation:
Tuesday through Thursday – 4pm until 9pm
Friday & Saturday – 4pm until 10pm
Sunday – 4pm until 9pm

Phone | 704.817.4134
Email | FuManChuCupcakes@gmail.com

The Dia de Los Casi Muertos project will begin scheduling pre-interviews for the next round of photographs.If you are  interested in being part of this project please fill out the form at the bottom of the project page.You will receive a notification of the next available interview session.

http://wonderwhatif.com/dia-de-los-casi-muertos/

Mayan Headdress

2015 Mayan Headdress

A collaborating with the super talented Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting and Julio Gonzalez to create a Mayan inspired headdress.

Maya Headdress Concept sketch

Maya Headdress Concept sketch

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The headdress is that of a scribe. The Maya believed Itzamna, a celestial serpent and patron of writing, invented writing. Itzamna taught writing to a rabbit who in turn taught it to monkey men and the old god, Pawatun, and they in turn taught writing to humans.

The scribes headdress served many purposes such as, carrying the tools of their trade, food and adornment made from native plants and wild life.

Sneak Peak of New works for 2015

Happy New Year!
Here is a look at two of the new mayan inspired pieces that will be available later this year.

This 1st one explores architectural themes and a recurring motif while using a limited color palette

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The 2nd one I call Mayadonna. It’s based on a sketch I did after returning from a trip to Mexico. It incorporates what I feel are some of the major visual elements in mayan art on which I have put my own touch.

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I plan to make prints available later this year.
Feel free to check out what’s available now>PRINTS

Fall Update

Fall Update

Time to regroup

I recently went to the Austin City Music festival which I booked very early this year. I almost forgot about it due to my hectic schedule work schedule. Getting to see Outkast and taking a break made me realize I need to take some time to relax and start planning for the upcoming year. Here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to and what’s in the works.

In September, I was part of the RAW Natural Born Artist Showcase held at Terminal West in Atlanta GA. A great event with lots of talented artists. Follow the link to see more photos of select work from the event. WONDER WHAT IF
I recently had the opportunity to give back to the school that gave me my first break when I was trying to find a wall to do a fish mural. The schools motto is Inspire, Empower, Achieve. My friend Scott Partridge helped me install it. Be sure to check out some of his great art work. www.jevaart.com
So what’s next???I’m currently looking at partnering with a conservation group with the goal of donating part of the proceeds from every fish print. Ideally, I’d like to help do something about the islands of plastic in our oceans.I’ll be spending a good bit of time on re-doing the site to better align with my long term goals for my art.Lastly, taking some time to create some new art!

Take care :)

San Diego Fish Mural

I recently created a new series of fish on masonite boards. These fish are unique in that they were not commissioned and thus nameless. I decided to post the fish sketches on my social media asking for names on a first come first served basis. The person who provided a name would also receive a signed print of the fish they named. You can find the sketches here: http://instagram.com/gonza_art

Soon after completing the series a mural opportunity I’d been working on for a year and a half came up. They wanted an underwater themed mural and I thought “I have just the thing”.

Below you’ll see the finished fish and the mural they helped inspire.
The fish series will also be made available at the RAW Showcase in Atlanta GA Thursday, September 25th. For more info pls check out: https://www.facebook.com/RawArtistsAtlanta

Tirtle Fische

Tirtle Fische

Poseidon

Poseidon

Quacker

Quacker

Flat Fish

Flat Fish

 

San Diego GONZA Fish Mural 2014 from Wonder WhatIf on Vimeo.

These fish are swimming!

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So I’ve been a bit of a hermit

Things have been interesting but busy.

Currently working on a series of 4 fish that will be used on a mural in sunny San Diego

I was working on new series of fish when a logistical sea opened up for the piece. The owner of the wall loves the water and sea life. I thought it had to be fate.

I usually name the fish after whoever commissions it but don’t have that this time so going to put the sketches out on social media to be named. 1st “name” reply gets a signed print of the fish they named.

July Update

 

Greetings from Gringolandia

What’s going on and what’s coming up?

It’s been a crazy couple of months. Here’s a peak at what’s going on.

This piece is currently being exhibited at Gallery 22 in the Plaza Midwood area of Charlotte”Kinich Ahao” A depiction of the Mayan sun god.

www.gallerytwentytwo.com 

In an effort to give some background to the whimsical aspect of my art I’ve begun to post 4 years worth of cell pics on instagram. One a day. Check it out

instagram.com/gonza_art

I recently completed a fish commission for a friend. This coupled with the early fish sketches I’ve rediscovered on my phone have inspired me to decide to create 4 new original fish on wood panels. Keep an eye our for those.
The Day of the Dead Project is still on going but in a research capacity to focus the theme and visual concept. I still have my fingers crossed that I’ll be awarded the grant I submitted at the beginning of the year. I still don’t get how people are expected plan around grants. lol.