Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The famous French naval explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau said of the sea that once it casts its spell, “ ... it holds one in its net of wonder forever.” The idea of the sea has captivated a multitude of artists for generations. Standing on the shore’s edge and watching boats, ships, fishermen, and sailors brave the open sea is a powerful image of hope, optimism, and a respect for nature.

Each artist approaches the sea differently. Juvenal Sanso used a fine expressionist aesthetic, while National Artist Federico Aguilar Alcuaz was bolder in his brushstrokes and colors. Artist Rudolf Gonzalez is unique, in that he takes a highly-tuned grasp of tropical light and shadow to paint romantic works of the seascape.

His latest works in this genre will be displayed in new exhibit entitled “Romancing the Sea.” Running at Galleria Nicolas from October 21 to November 3, 2015 with an artist reception on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., this exhibition demonstrates the artist’s ability to merge vision with a nuanced technique.

The mercurial Rudolf Gonzalez is often considered a Master of seascapes and still-lifes. Having a degree in advertising from the Far Eastern University, Gonzalez is exceptionally empathic in his ability to evoke emotions through his visuals. There is an element of realism in Gonzalez’s works, but of an idyllic sort that recalls the oeuvre of Fernando Amorsolo in capturing the essence of light, and Juvenal Sanso in establishing an emotional resonance with his audience. It isn’t all together surprising, then, that the artist counts Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent as his influences — both artists were pioneers in their experiments with light and shadow.

The works on display in this exhibition are truly one-of-a-kind pieces that are representative of Gonzalez’s practice. It’s no wonder that Gonzalez has been attracting critical attention in recent years. Having exhibited in expos in Chicago and Los Angeles. His works have been carried by galleries in the US and Japan, and have been sought-after by collectors from all over the world. This exhibition is meant to cement the artist’s growing presence in the larger Philippine art community — a presence that will undoubtedly experience more attention in the years ahead.

Galleria Nicolas is located at the 3rd floor Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center in Makati City.

For inquiries, please call (+632) 625-0273, or email

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