Ronald Gonzalez is a contemporary figurative artist based in upstate New York.
Since the mid seventies the artist has worked from his garage studio creating elegiac
sculptures and installations that are embodiments of death and loss infused with
grotesque narrative, and pathos. Gonzalez works primarily in a series with steel
armatures and macabre collections of time worn objects, and detritus from his
surroundings. The work is then further eroded with metal filings, burned wax, glue,
wire, and black soot creating a dramatic tonal range that both obscures and reveals
anthropomorphic heads, torsos and figures that appear as charred fetishistic
mementos possessing a visceral quality imbued with a sense of primal energy and
distress that permeates his work. His obsessive production of angst-ridden
sculptures explore the emotive, social, and psychological associations of decaying
found objects that function as autobiographical metaphors charged with potent and
recurring symbols with childhood and nostalgic references. Gonzalez’s sculpture is
mournful, confrontational, and estranged, standing on the border between human
personage and doomed phantom. His restless investigation of animating materials
has produced an art of dissolution with archaic, apocalyptic, and quasi-alien
elements that convey an animistic mode of thought and intensely evocative
expression of the human condition.
His work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including the
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D C. De Cordova Museum & Sculpture Park,
Lincoln, MA. Savanna College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA. The Marianna Kistler
Beach Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS. Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MI. Everson
Museum, Syracuse, NY. Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NY. University of
Southern California, LA. Allan Stone Gallery, NY. Salina Art Center, KS. Intar Gallery,
NY.N.Y Anthony Brunelli Gallery, Binghamton, NY, The Hudson Walker Gallery of
Art, Provincetown, MA. Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY, Hartwick
College, Oneonta, NY, Jonathan Levine Projects, Jersey City, V.23 Gallery, London UK.
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell
University, Ithaca, NY. Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. Snite Museum of Art, Notre
Dame, IN. Atlanta College of Art, GA. Gallery 24, Berlin, Cavin Morris Gallery, NY,
Alternative Museum, NY. Institute Cultural Peruano Norte Americano, Lima, Peru.
Art Omi, Ghent, N.Y. Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI. Muse De Arte
Modern, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Art Basel, Miami Fl. Galerie Protégé, NY Galerija
SULUJ, Belgrade, Serbia, Menier Gallery, London UK, Czong Institute of
Contemporary Art, Gimpo-Si, Gyeonggi- do, South Korea, Aqua Miami, Fl., Space
Millepiani, Rome Italy, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angles, Ca. Art in
Embassies, Benin, Africa, Guerrilla Zoo, Newspeak house, London UK, George Billis
Gallery, NY. Sculpture Fields of Nova’s Art. Bridgehampton, NY.
Ronald Gonzalez, featured in International Art Magazine.