EASTON — Troika Gallery will present “To Fool the Eye, Trompe L’oeil Paintings of Jorge Alberto,” opening at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.
A realist artist, Jorge Alberto Gonzalez was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1965. He observed the work of the Old Masters as a child, and he is attracted to the realistic quality of the paintings of Caravaggio, da Vinci and Velazquez. He is fascinated with the drama of light and the deception of illusion, and creates works that have these qualities.
After an education in graphic design and working as a graphic designer, Gonzalez studied under master artist Ann D. Schuler at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Upon graduating, he moved to Florence, Italy, where he continued his artistic studies.
Gonzalez’s inspiration comes from surrounding himself with the items he is going to paint, becoming familiar with them and creating a connection important to his work.
“When creating my work, I try to capture a moment in time — a moment that has a past, a moment that is nostalgic and momentary, a moment full of mood, tranquility and privacy,” he said.
Awards include the Lorenzo il Magnifico bronze medal in painting from the 2001 Florence International Biannual of Contemporary Art, Italy, and a “Best of Show” at the 2015 International Guild of Realism.
Gonzalez was chosen by the city of Baltimore to paint the portrait of then Mayor Martin O’Malley in 2008. His art is featured in art publications, residences in the United States and Europe, and in public collections.
Gonzalez lives in Baltimore and has exhibited his paintings at Troika Gallery for 17 years.
“To Fool the Eye” will run through Nov. 6.