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Building the Rob Gonsalves Legacy

$9,330 of $21,000 goal

Raised by 84 people in 8 months
Created May 1, 2018
Rob Gonsalves was a Magic Realist painter who shared his wonder of this gift of human existence with people worldwide.


Tragically and far too early, Rob Gonsalves died June 14, 2017. Rob lyrically connected the spiritual and philosophical manifestation of being with the physical world around him. In the last month of his life, his joy was overwhelmed with darkness and we all lost a path to everyday magic.

In 1990, Rob and I both exhibited and met at an art show. Our lives have been intertwined since. I was there at the start of his career. I saw how his childlike joy took flight and over the years, developed into a sophisticated, skilled, narrative in painting form. Rob Gonsalves was a wonderful dreamer, philosopher and had an intuitive grasp of Quantum Physics. The world is a far, darker place now for me, his widow and all who identified with his paintings. I want to keep his art alive and present for myself and for you, the public.

Google Rob Gonsalves to see his amazing paintings. This is his link to his official Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/RobGonsalves.Official/ 

Rob saw more value in sharing his vision with like minded people than financially profiting from work. His estate is not financially rich but he has left a legacy of his images. We want to acknowledge this legacy and share it with the public in two ways.

Firstly, money is needed to create a gravesite monument at Necropolis cemetery in Toronto, Canada where his life and career began. It is important for those in the world who connected with his vision to have a place where Rob Gonsalves' life will always have presence.  As we approach the first anniversary of his death, I would like to hold an unveiling ceremony of the monument at his grave site. The granite monument will be a 4' high plinth. Could you help in choosing images to be featured on the monument?   

When you donate, you will receive an email with a link to vote.

Necropolis Cemetary
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, money is needed to start a series of art shows where the public can experience his original paintings (which will all be generously loaned by private collectors). It is my goal for the first show to happen this summer in Toronto where Rob Gonsalves found so much of his early inspiration. I need your help to offset the costs of renting a public gallery, advertising, shipping paintings, security and installation expenses.

Any donation will be greatly appreciated. If you donate $100 or more, you will receive a memorial poster of the last painting Rob completed; ready for release later this summer.

The last painting is called "Across the Pond" and will never be available in any other form to the public. It was conceived when Rob and I were considering how to show his paintings internationally. The traveller has climbed a tree to search for a path across the pond which is also a view from space looking at the land mass of Europe. After his death, I realized the traveller was not looking at Europe but was looking into the abyss. Rob Gonsalves' work was always autobiographical and often prophetic.

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Thank you for your kind consideration and support in helping keep his joy and wonder in our lives.


Lise Carruthers
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Update 16
Posted by Lise Carruthers
2 months ago
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RE: Rob Gonsalves: A glimpse into his creative process.
The Pop-up installation
After becoming more familiar with the building operation hours, we made a change in the dates. The show will run from Nov13-17 Nov19-23. That means that the installation will be now closed on Sunday and now open on Monday!!
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Update 15
Posted by Lise Carruthers
2 months ago
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ON NOW!!!!
Rob Gonsalves: A glimpse into his creative process

This pop-up installation explores the steps a unique musician/painter followed to make conduits for the viewer's imagination. Rob's sensory videos and photos and a video of evolving working drawings show his creative path. 3 of his paintings and his music will be on display. And there is a wonderful feature called the owner's corner where you can see how owners live with their paintings and hear them talk about how they have become part of their lives.

The TELL 401 Richmond St West, Toronto
Nov 13-18 Nov 20-23 11 am - 5 pm daily
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Update 14
Posted by Lise Carruthers
2 months ago
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Exciting news!! A Pop-up Installation of Rob Gonsalves' Creative Process has been created and is starting November 13th -18th, 20th - 23rd at the "TELL", 401 Richmond St. West, Studio 133, Toronto. Please visit Facebook Rob Gonsalves Official site for all the information.

So far, a traditional painting exhibition of Rob's work is beyond our grasp financially but it will happen..... eventually!!!!!! We will continue fund raising and the memorial posters will be on sale at the Installation event. Onwards and upwards!!!
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Update 13
Posted by Lise Carruthers
5 months ago
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Thank you GoFundMe donors for your input on the images of Rob's paintings that will be featured on East and West side of the grave monument!! The voting ended July 10th. The clear winner chosen by the donors for the West side is: "Phenomenon of Floating"!
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