Magic & realism – the two don’t really match, do they? But Rob Gonsalves, a Canadian painter of magic realism, demonstrates great skills in merging the two different worlds in his unique and surrealistic optical illusion artworks. Inspired by such great artists as Dali, Tanguy, Magritte and Escher, Gonsalves developed his own unique style by combining his architectural knowledge with the love for painting.

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A wise use of perspective and associations allow him to merge two seemingly different realistic scenes into one magical illusion. Rob Gonsalves is mostly inspired by the external world and everyday human activities – like riding a bike, eating, sleeping etc. But to make it magical takes a notable amount of time, so usually Gonsalves makes only four paintings per year.