Paint Pens in Purses goes to California this week to introduce the dark and brilliant work of Crystal Gonzalez. I was originally impressed by a small print I had seen of her work and was blown away to learn that a lot of her pieces are large-scale paintings that span over five feet or more in height and width.
Crystal Gonzalez was born in Reno, NV 1983. As a child, her talents for drawing were influenced by classic black and white cartoons like Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse. This passion for a graphic style in art later grew to become the art form she utilized to explore and comment on modern society and its cultural mores. Gonzalez received her Master’s in Fine arts from The California College of the Arts in 2010.
She has been professionally painting for more than ten and her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries across California and Nevada. Her art has participated in numerous group shows across the states, as well as local arts charities like The Nevada Art in Public Places. In 2004, she was the Best in Show recipient of the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery group show, juried by Lawrence Rinder (former curator for the Whitney Museum of Modern art). Gonzalez’s drawings and ink work have also been published internationally in the Chilean book “Gringosincrasias” by Emma Sepulveda, which is a book that depicts a satirical outlook on the cultural habits of American life. Recently, Gonzalez has independently self-published the first issue to her graphic novel entitled “In The Dark”, which is a humorous and satirical story that looks at religions and customs through the eyes of the demons in Hell. She currently has a number of separate projects in production, including paintings for gallery shows in the Bay Area, the continuing chapter to her graphic novel, and experimental animation-based installations.