​​​Select Exhibits:

  • Imperial Bank Building, San Francisco, CA (Solo shows, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007).
  • ArtsBenicia annual auction, Benicia, CA (Group shows, 2003-2010).
  • ArtsBenicia annual members show, Benicia, CA (Group shows, 2004-2011).
  • "Local Voice-Defining Community Through Art,” Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA (Juried group shows featuring  Contra Costa artists, 2005, 2008).
  • City Attorney’s Office, Walnut Creek, CA (Solo show, 2007).
  • Alameda County Fair, Pleasanton, CA (Juried group show, 2008-2009, 2011) (2011 silver award).
  • City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA (Group still life show, 2009).
  • Flyway Festival, Mare Island, CA (Group show of wetlands paintings, 2009).
  • “Variations on a Theme,” Pittsburg Arts Collaborative, Pittsburg, CA (Juried group show, 2010) (Third place award).
  • “Expressions,” Tracy Art League, Tracy Art League, Tracy, CA (Juried group show, 2011).
  • “The Essential Nude: Figurative Fine Art,” Livermore Art Association, Livermore, CA, 2011 (Juried group show, 2011, 2012) (2011 merit award).
  • Walnut Creek Civic Arts plein air landscape show, Walnut Creek, CA (Juried group show, 2011).
  • Walnut Creek Civic Arts figurative art show, Walnut Creek, CA (Group show, 2011).
  • Winter members show, Pittsburg Arts Collaborative, Pittsburg, CA (Juried group show, 2012, 2013) (2012 honorable mention).
  • City Hall, Walnut Creek, CA (Solo landscape show, 2012).
  • “Faces,” Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, Martinez, CA (Group portrait show, 2013).
  • “Celebrating California,” Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA (Juried group show, 2016).
  • "Wines of Clarksburg," Heringer Ranch Winery, Clarksburg, CA (Annual art auction for Clarksburg Library, 2016-2018).

Favorite painting at Toledo Museum of Art (Bonnard).

Winter wetlands

Copyright @ Robert Gonsowski. All rights reserved.

Painting in the Sacramento delta

Painting figures in the studio

Robert Gonsowski Art

Portrait in-progress

​​The housepainter

Self-Portrait (Oil, 12x16)


About the Artist:

Robert is an artist who currently lives in Sacramento, California.  He works primarily in oil paints and pastels, and his artwork includes still lifes, plein air landscapes, and figures.  Robert likes to work quickly with rich colors; his subjects consist of anything that might be fun and interesting to view.

He’s had a life-long interest in art.  While growing up in Toledo, Ohio, Robert took Saturday youth art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art, and explored the galleries there.  He earned art history degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Minnesota, and completed additional college level art studio and graphics courses.  He has participated in various California arts groups, including Arts Benicia, Lafayette Studio, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education, and currently the Patris Studio in Sacramento.

Robert is also a big fan of art museums and art books, and believes it is important to observe and learn about the work of other artists.  His many favorite artists include Bonnard, Manet, Delacroix, Rubens, Hiroshige, Eakins, Thiebaud, Morisot, and Diebenkorn.

Robert regularly exhibits his work in solo and group shows.  In its review “Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery Honors Local Artistic Voices,” The Contra Costa Times  praised his entry: “Even traditional subjects can have an edge.  Robert Gonsowski’s ‘Autumn Table’ is an almost jolting still life of squash, two of them sliced in half to reveal fat seeds, with a couple of turnips added to the mix.” (Robert Taylor, The Contra Costa Times, July 11, 2008).