Wayne Gonzales (American, b.1957) is an artist best known for his works that combine painterly techniques with photographic technology. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, he began to study art at the University of New Orleans, where he received a BA in 1985. Many of his early works appeared at galleries in the New Orleans area, though he did take part in a show at Galerie Art & Public in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1985.

In 2003, he moved to New York City and began to work as visiting assistant professor in the graduate school at Hunter College. He then moved to Cooper Union and began working as a visiting artist. Gonzales eventually caught the eye of the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, which began to show his work. Other institutions in the area also showed his work, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum. All of these early shows were group shows in which his work appeared next to that of other Contemporary artists.

The first solo showing for Gonzales came in 2011. The show, titled Wayne Gonzales: Light to Dark/Dark to Light, took place at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Gonzales chose the location due to its connection to the city. Many of his pieces drew inspiration from the people he met and the things he experienced while living there. The death of President John F. Kennedy was something he used as inspiration in his early years, primarily because his family knew some of the people associated with the case. Those images often used black, white, and gray, but his modern works are better known for using brighter colors and shading that make the images look like printed photographs. Many of his pieces change as the viewer moves back from the piece. Seated Crowd, for example, looks blurry up close, but becomes clear when viewed from several feet away. His other works include Rigolets and Oceana. Gonzales is represented by the Paula Cooper Gallery, and currently lives in New York, NY.

Timeline

1957
Born in New Orleans, LA
1985
BA, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
2003–2006
Visiting assistant professor, Graduate Program, Hunter College, New York, NY
2004–2006
Visiting artist, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2007
Core Critic,’ Graduate Painting Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2009
Visiting artist, Cooper Union, New York, NY
Student mentor, Art Institute of Boston at Leslie University, Boston, MA

Exhibitions

2012
Wayne Gonzales: Light to Dark/ Dark to Light, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (solo)
2011–2012
Wayne Gonzales, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain (solo)
2010
“Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool,” curated by Bob Nickas, Jose Martos Gallery, Sagaponack, NY
2010
“Item,” Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York, NY
2010
“Reprise,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2010
“Wayne Gonzales,” Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (solo)
2009
“Wayne Gonzales,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
“Cave Painting,” organized by Bob Nickas, Greshamʼs Ghost, New York, NY
2009
“Infinitesimal Eternity,” Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2009
"Transitions: Painting at the (other) end of art" Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy, sponsored by Max Mara
2009
“Blue,” Curated by John Zinsser, James Graham and Sons, New York, NY
2009
“Commentary,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2009
“Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice,” curated by Bob Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2008
“Recent Acquisitions, Gifts, and Works from Various Exhibitions 1985-2008,” White Columns, New York, NY
2008
“Empires and Environments,” curated by Dominique Nahas and Margaret Evangeline, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2008
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (solo)
2008
'YOU SAID HE SAID SHE SAID', Seiler + Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Zürich Switzerland
2008
“Wayne Gonzales: Crowd Paintings” Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
2008
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England
2008
Ithaca Collects,” Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
2008
“Gray,” Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY
2007
“Judge – Vincent Katz and Wayne Gonzales,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
“The Object is the Mirror,” curated by Max Henry, Layr Wuestenhagen Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2007
“A Roll of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance,” curated by Bob Nickas, Marfa Ballroom
2007
“People Take Pictures of Each Other,” curated by Bob Nickas, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2007
“Remix – The Collection,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2007
“Resistance Is,” curated by Tina Kukielski, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2007
“Neonoir," curated by Cameron Martin, Howard House Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2007
“Painting as Fact – Fact as Fiction,” organized by Bob Nickas, de Pury & Luxembourg
2007
“Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative,” curated by Jens Hoffmann, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England
2007
“i drank the kool-aid: (The Experiment Requires That You Continue),” Anna Kustera, New
2007
Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy
2007
“Currents: Recent Acquisitions,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
2006
“project.3 – Wayne Gonzales,” Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (solo)
2006
QED, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2005
“The Painted World,” P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
2005
“Helga’s Art Collection,” Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain
2005
“The Art of Aggression: Iraqi Stories and Other Tales,” curated by Jean Cruthchfield and Robert Hobbs, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
2005
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2004
Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
2004
“Editions Fawbush: A Selection,” Sandra Gehring Gallery, New York, NY
2004
“Last one on is a soft Jimmy,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2004
"Bill Adams, Wayne Gonzales, Cameron Martin: Paintings," KS Art, New York, NY
2004
“Word of Mouth, A Selection: Part 1,” Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY
2004
Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
2003
Mario Diacono, Boston, MA
2003
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2003
“Melvins,” Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
2003
“Cartoon,” Riva Gallery, New York, NY
2003
“150 artists make 150 T-Shirts”, Daniel Silverstein Gallery, NY
2003
“Parallax Views: Art and The JFK Assassination (Ant Farm & T.R. Uthco, Wayne Gonzales, Eric M. Jensen),” Hallwals Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York
2002
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
2002
Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, DC.
2002
“Subject Matters,” curated by Norman Dubrow, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
2002
“From the Observatory,” Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2002
“Gravity Over Time,” curated by John Pilson, 1000 Eventi, Milan, Italy
2002
“The Presidential Suite,” Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2001
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2001
“New Paintings, Wayne Gonzales, Jacqueline Humphries, Jonathan Lasker, Blake Rayne, Dan Walsh,” Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, FL
2001
“Fresh: Recent Acquisitions,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2001
“Glee: Painting Now,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
2001
“Next Wave Prints v. 2.0,” Elias Fine Art, Allston. MA
2001
“Works on Paper From Acconci to Zittel,” Victoria Miro Gallery, London
2001
“How is everything? Everything is going to be alright,” Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2000
Hex Induction Hour. Curator: Bob Nickas, Team Gallery New York, NY
2000
Reali Arte Contemporanea Brescia, Italy
2000
“Drawings & Photographs,” Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
2000
“What’s So Funny About Color,” Elias Fine Art, Boston, MA
2000
“PICT: Digital Image Painting,” Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada
2000
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
2000
“(212),” Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York, NY
2000
“Bit By Bit: Painting & Digital Culture,” Numark Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1999
Sweet & Sour, Galerie Art & Public Geneva, Switzerland
1999
Digital Sites, Numark Gallery Washington, DC
1998
Brite Magic, Islip Art Museum East Islip, New York, NY
1998
Mary Boone Gallery (Small Gallery) New York, NY
1998
Derek Eller Gallery New York, NY
1997
Lauren Wittels Gallery New York, NY
1997
Diamond Dogs, Team Gallery New York, NY
1997
Super Body, Tomio Koyama Gallery Tokyo, Japan
1996
Face and Figure in Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA
1995
Galerie Art & Public (Guest Room) Geneva, Switzerland