Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. In 2011 Beautiful/Decay in collaboration with Canson awarded him a Wet Paint Grant. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. He was voted Boston’s best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University in Medford, MA and The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles.
In 2010 he worked on his first large scale mural sponsored by the Boston Arts Commission installed in the neighborhood of East Boston. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Gonzalez lives in Somerville, MA, with his partner Elaine Bay and their infant son Raúl, IV. He is represented by Carroll and Sons, Boston. Credited as Raúl The Third, he is the illustrator of the new book, Lowriders In Space
Thank you for helping Sarah and I bring Raúl into our art rooms. The students really enjoyed him and he brought many messages and examples to them that reinforced our own philosophies and teaching practices. It was a real pleasure for all…students and adults! Our superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal also came to sit in on one of his sessions and I saw many smiles and nods of agreement from them. I think they are also now in his ‘fan club.’ It was a pleasure to work with all of you on this unique learning experience for our 6th grade artists.