Ralfka Gonzalez

About the Artist

Ralfka Gonzalez
Ralfka Gonzalez (from Twitter)
Ralfka Gonzalez at his 2011 Philadelphia exhibit
Ralfka Gonzalez at his 2011 Philadelphia exhibit
Ralfka Gonzalez with Tony Fisher at Ralfka's 2011 Philadelphia exhibit
Ralfka Gonzalez with Tony Fisher at Ralfka's 2011 Philadelphia exhibit
Ralfka and friends at his 2011 Philadelphia exhibit.
Ralfka and friends at his 2011 Philadelphia exhibit.

Self-taught Chicano artist Ralfka Gonzalez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1958 and now lives and works in Oakland, California. Gonzalez is also well known in Philadelphia, where he spent several years in the 1980s and 1990s, participating in exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, Taller Puertorriqueno, Indigo arts Gallery, Nexus Gallery, Afro-American Museum and The Painted Bride among other places. His mural, El Gran Conjunto del Fin del Mundo can be seen at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.  Gonzalez has also worked for several periods in Chicago and in Oaxaca, Mexico.  In September, 2011 A Seed on Diamond Gallery and Casa de Duende in Philadelphia presented a retrospective of Ralfka's work, Idiots, Icons & Idols:  That Was Then, this Is Now.

Gonzalez’s work has also been exhibited at galleries and museums in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Chicago, New York, and Oaxaca, Mexico. He co-wrote and illustrated the award-winning children’s book, My First Book of Proverbs/ Mi Primer Libro de Dichos, published by Childrens Book Press in 1995. Among his other diverse projects have been the interiors for restaurants in San Francisco and Chicago, graphics for a new label of Mexican mescal, postcard and notecard designs, and the cover art for Sandra Cisneros’ book Loose Women (Random House, 1994). His work was featured in Raw Vision magazine in 1994.

Region:
Perro que no sale no encuentra hueso (The dog who doesn't go out doesn't get the bone)
SKU: RVG-95213

(San Antonio, Texas),
From "Dichos" series.  
Mixed media (acrylic, oil, sand) on sheet metal with wood frame by artist (36" x 36", 37 1/2" x 37 1/2" including frame), 1995.
From private collection.

$1200
Ralfka V. Gonzalez
SKU: RVG-95205

(San Antonio, Texas),
Acrylic on Canvas w/ steel nails around frame (20 x 16), 1995
 

$400
Musica Sentimental de La Vida Cosmica
SKU: RVG-95142

(San Antonio, Texas)
Serigraph (30 x 22), #42,95,97/100 available, 1995

$300

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