Born and raised in inner-city Houston, multi-dimensional artist Raul Gonzalez explores topics such as work, fatherhood, construction, labor, the working class, identity, and abstraction through the methods of painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and dance. Now living in San Antonio with his wife and two daughters, he spends his days as a stay-at-home parent. He also operates and manages Werk House SA, a converted studio space which functions as an Airbnb short-term rental space and art gallery.
Gonzalez is often inspired by being a stay-at-home father, construction, challenging stereotypes, abstract expressionism, and finding beauty in chaos. His work ranges from detailed drawings of construction scenes on concrete to colorful abstract installations made of cardboard and duct tape, or drawings of his day-to-day life.
Gonzalez has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Houston, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has exhibited his artwork regionally and nationally, including Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, grayDUCK Gallery, Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX), MACLA (San Jose, CA), the McNay Art Museum, Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, TX), Miami University (Oxford, OH), and Queens University of Charlotte (NC), among others. He is the recipient of a NALAC San Antonio Artist Grant and a Surdna Foundation Grant through the Guadalupe Cultural Center. He completed a studio residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA) and in 2018 he received a Sustainable Arts Foundation award grant.
Gonzalez’s work is included in private collections and public collections throughout the U.S. including the City of San Antonio, Mexic-Arte Museum, McNay Art Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM), The National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL), the University of Texas at San Antonio, and The Woodlands High School Art Trust.
His motto is Werk. Hustle. Sleep. Repeat.