Troika Gallery is proud to present To Fool the Eye, Trompe L’oeil Paintings of Jorge Alberto opening on First Friday, October 4, at 5:00 pm. A fine realist artist, Jorge Alberto Gonzalez was born in Cuba and emigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1965. As a child, he observed the work of the Old Masters and is attracted to the realistic quality of the paintings of Caravaggio, da Vinci, and Velazquez. He is fascinated with the drama of light, the deception of illusion, and creates works that have these qualities.
After an education in graphic design and working as a graphic designer, Jorge studied under master artist Ann D. Schuler at The Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore. Upon graduating, he moved to Florence, Italy, where he continued his artistic studies. Alberto’s inspiration comes from surrounding himself with the items he is going to paint, becoming familiar with them and creating a connection important to his work. “When creating my work, I try to capture a moment in time; a moment that has a past, a moment that is nostalgic and momentary. A moment full of mood, tranquility, and privacy.”
Awards include the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” bronze medal in painting from the 2001 Florence International Biannual of Contemporary Art, Italy and a “Best of Show” at the 2015 International Guild of Realism. Jorge was chosen by the city of Baltimore to paint the portrait of then Mayor O’Malley in 2008. His art is featured in art publications, residences in the U.S. and Europe and in public collections. Jorge Alberto lives in Baltimore and has exhibited his paintings at Troika Gallery for 17 years. To Fool the Eye runs through November 6, 2019. www.troikagallery.com