BIO


Born and raised in inner-city Houston, multi-dimensional artist Raul R. Gonzalez explores topics such as work, fatherhood, construction, labor, the working class, identity, and abstraction through versatile methods of painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and dance. Now living in San Antonio with his wife and two daughters, Raul 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. 

Raul’s work is often inspired by being a stay-at-home father, work, 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 as a stay-at-home parent.

Raul has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Houston, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  

Raul regularly exhibits his artwork regionally and nationally.  His work has been shown at the McNay Art Museum, grayDUCK Gallery, Miami University Ohio, Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Lawndale Art Center, MACLA, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Queens University of Charlotte, among others. He has been awarded a NALAC San Antonio Artist Grant and a Surdna Foundation Grant through the Guadalupe Cultural Center. He completed an artist studio residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and in 2018 was the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation award grant.

Gonzalez’s artwork is included in private collections throughout the US and public collections such as the McNay Art Museum, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, the University of Texas at San Antonio, The Woodlands High School Art Trust, and the City of San Antonio among others.

Statement:

My work explores topics such as work, fatherhood, identity, gender roles, construction, labor, the working class, identity, and abstraction. I use versatile methods of painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and dance.   My motto is Werk. Hustle. Sleep Repeat.