This artist is truly remarkable, but unfortunately he is still unknown.
Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado.
It is impossible to see or read the works of the Spanish surrealist painter-writer Remedios Varo (1913-1963) without reflecting on the words that Andre Breton wrote in his first Surrealist Manifesto:
“The marvelous is always beautiful”
The people in Varo’s paintings are seeking a spiritual dimension, similar to the spirituality the artist herself sought during her life. Varo studied different mystical disciplines metaphysical texts. Her unpublished notebooks contain Arabic names and Islamic references. Varo explored the ideas of Gurdjieff,Blavatsky, Eckhart, Ouspensky, The Sufies, Freud and Jung. Medieval Alchemy, sacred geometry. the legends of the Holy Grail,and the I Ching, Gregorian chants, the paintings of Hyeronimous Bosch, and the novels of Hermann Hesse, were all vehicles of spiritual growth for the painter and her work.
Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism with a unique perspective and style.
Although Gonsalves’ work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs because the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. Ideas are largely generated by the external world and involve recognizable human activities, using carefully planned illusionist devices. Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term “Magic Realism” describes his work accurately. His work is an attempt to represent human beings’ desire to believe the impossible, to be open to possibility.