Rob Gonsalves Magic Realism Illusions

Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism illusions. I couldn’t find Rob’s homepage, so if you know what’s the adress, be sure to post it under comments. I included a set of 36 pictures Rob Gonsalves produced, and you can see all of them if you jump inside this post. I would appreciate if you commented which of these you find most beautiful and puzzling?

  • Andy

    Those paintings are awesome!
    Any idea where we can get Hi-res versions so i can use one as my wallpaper?!

  • Sonia

    Rob whatsisname is freakin awesome! his stuff is cooler than m.c.escher’s.

  • Tiago Freire

    Those paintings are something out of comomm!
    They transmit us peace and hapiness.

    Forgive-me for my english, I`m portuguese.

  • ocean

    My favorite is the bridge ship. I also like the couch floating in the ocean. Thats the way I feel somedays :) and the one you put on the post,The green maze.

  • Anna MR

    Being a mother, I think I like the ones with children best: the map, the jigsaw, the swing, the bouncing on the bed. They seem to have more content, rather than just being clever. Overall I think his stuff owes a lot to Magritte.

  • MrBill

    They’re all outstanding! If I had to pick 1 it’s got to be jigsaw puzzle of the house being put together inside the house, very bizarre. Wallpaper sounds like a great idea.

  • heather

    I love them all!!!!

  • Jack

    An absolutely astounding collection of artistry. My favourite has to be the galleons materialising from the archways of the aquaduct, which, coincidentally, is the front cover of a book on optical illusions through the ages which I am currently reading. Inspiring work!!

  • Hai

    all of them r so amazing!!!!!



    Those illusion-paintings were really really really good ..i mean the thought and the way it made you think it was somehting but it wasn’t
    Its very unusal but really interesting aswell…great work (y)
    Heres what my friend has 2 say…..

    i think its awsome mate theres so much too it that makes yhoo think that its real and yhoo can do those things in real life “I WISH I COULD” againe awsome tell us how yhoo do it i want to now so i can draw it in school and show ma teacher LOL AMAZIN. GOOD JOB KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!

  • game freak

    These paintings are sooooooooooo awsom. i would do anything to be able to paint like that!!

  • niki


    These are SOOOO cool.

    The ships in the sky one is my favorite but I didn’t get the one with the boy treking through the snow.

  • loser

    these are cool

  • lala


  • dave

    That was a fun visual, I wish there were more.

  • Red.

    These are absolutely brilliant! I especially like the ones that take you a moment to realise what is ‘wrong’ with the picture. I’m really drawn to the one of the ‘lake’ made of mirrors, for some reason. And the ones where inhuman objects become human, they really show a different perspective.

  • Don

    Rob Gonzalves is a mastermind. He shows us what the world could be like once the mind is freed of the mundane and normal causalities of our times. The mind has no limits, and the soul reaches forever. Very impressive works.

  • Pandas

    OMG. It took me forever to get through those I was looking at them so much. They are so beautiful. I need to get one of those for my bedroom

  • unknown

    love them all

  • kevin

    hiya evrey1 this man is very clever i especially liked the 5th one down with like the mna as the windows i loves all of dem bit confusin sum of them tho lol :P

  • Feather

    Wow. Those are very imaginative.

  • sk8ergirl

    these pictures r fantastic!!!! I love these 1s: 1st one, 11th one, 12th one, 13th one, 15th one, 20th, 21st, 23th, and all the others!!!!! I would love 2 a talent like this!!

  • loser

    and interesting

  • Adreitz

    His galleries are linked from his Wikipedia entry:

    Cool stuff!

  • Anonymous

    I personally love the Beach Room, the River monks, and the Girl flying off her bed. I wouldn’t say he’s better than Escher, because escher did a more mathmatical exploration, but this artist is very Escher like, in a good way. I’ve seen a lot of these paintings featured in books about illusions. Very cool.

  • Jamie

    Wow, what talent!! I love all of these, but my favourite has to be the one with the mirror-water around the castle :D

    Cheers Vurdlak for such a cool site, I’ve been hooked through the widget since november and I’m loving every minute!!

  • Anonymous

    Whoa those were cool somebody plz post his webpage
    wow those were COOL

  • Anonymous

    these are bull s^*%!

  • pines

    i know every one else said the same thing, but those are REALLY cool

  • angelcat

    wow thats cool

  • Anonymous

    I like these, but they get really repetitive and I don’t really think their elusions.

  • ME haha!

    i love the one with the mirror lake! omgsh! i wish i was this insanely talented!

  • Anonymous

    OMG these paintings are something else man! You difinately have a very wild and vivid imagination.
    Way to go keep up the awesome art.

  • Optiguy

    I’ve seen a lot of those. the one with the books turning into doors is in my school library. My favourite one is the kids jumping on the beds.

  • Your Ugly Bald-Headed Granny Says:

    He is Sooooo Cool! I Wish He Could Make More!

  • Cornelius

    Stunning! Absolutely stunning! The transitions in these pics reminded me of the type of transitions that occur in dreams.

  • nupanick

    I like the jigsaw world one best, because it’s the best-blended boundary and I like seeing the characters in the puzzle carrying the pieces through it, very impressive concept and execution.

  • saz

    These are soo beautiful,
    the most amazing paintings i have ever seen!!


  • Anonymous

    these were all in a book iv’e read before! amzaing!

  • nicole

    wow, so beautiful…
    I wish i was that talented!

  • Anonymous

    I like them all. My favorite it the third one from the top. the one woth the sunflower ladies.

  • Lara

    Thoses are totally awsome!~! *HEHE* they were mind blowing!~!

  • CareBear

    These pictures are fascinating. They’re like peeking into someone else’s mind and watching his dreams. I hope there are more in our future.

  • Gwyn

    I love these.
    My favourite one is the children jumping on the beds and flying over the hills.
    It is an amazing insight into a child’s mind and how anything can be anything with an imagination.
    It flows perfectly between the situations and gives me a beautiful feeling. If a piece of artwork can do that it is truly amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    These are from the books ‘Imagine a Day’, ‘Imagine a Night’ and others.

  • kelly

    absolutely mind blowing, what an amazing artist i’m looking him up now. Want some of these on my walls something you could look at everyday and find something you didn’t see before. thanks

  • Caro

    This is so inspired

    they best way to live in an imaginary world…

  • GMacD

    Esher rip off

  • Indeed

    The sad thing is that most people will associate these meaningless displays of ILLUSTRATION with fine art. And assume that “he” is a ‘Great painter’ simply because the work is painted in a representational style. ‘realism” is the beginning of art, not the end result.


  • Alexandra

    I love how you think its one thing then the farther you look its another its sooo cool

  • Facebook User

    The most coolest things i ever saw

  • agathe hourst

    The one i like the most is that women who is coming out of the water at night.

    everything is fabulous.

  • SUMone

    i’ve seen it all before in a book but it will never get boring!

  • nobody

    those are so awesome…i like the kid playin with the train looking at the real one “OH SH-BLEEEEEEEP”

    • Amanda

      SOOOOOOOOO cool! they are so artistic and lifelike! wish i could draw like that!

  • Jape

    The tenth picture name is Climate Change Religion

  • roelin

    i have to say WOW

  • oldguy45

    Great! It must be wonderful to be able to put your imagination into play. My favorites are the boy with the trains and the metaphoric picture of the library being a gateway to wherever you wish to go.

    • zach

      these are all really awsome!

  • Someone

    Rob Gonsalves is one of my favourite illusion artists. way to go!

  • the one with the moon and the light is very good but…
    If you like illusions you should see the painting “christ of saint john” of Salvador Dali! It’s a wonderfull painting and a beautifull illusion! Check it!

  • Jez

    These are amazing!
    I love the sunflower ladies, the people coming out of the arches, the girl coming out of the water, the jigsaw, library, the waterfall turning into sculptors, the mirror lake and the second last one with the statues controlling the people like pupets.

  • maureen

    the jigsaw puzzle and the last one with the children on the swings

  • UnIcOrN

    ThEsE ArE ThE MoSt BeAuTiFuL ThInGs I HaVe EvEr SeEn YaY PkiCtUrEs!!!!!

  • Mark

    Very beautiful. I had never heard of this person before, but now I’m a fan!

    And Escher would be proud too. If you like these kind of illusions next time you’re in Holland visit the Escher Museum in The Hague.

  • ohmygosh

    these are so awesome!!! LUV THEM ALL!!!! MORE PLEASE!!!

  • Nidhi

    I love Rob Gonsalves work!! every picture amazes me..

  • efilrenots

    You are a genius:D

  • Speakasie

    Its beautiful! such creativity!!

  • bloodaq

    if I’m not wrong those and much more paints are artworks of Salvador Dali…so no one is genius but Salvador and hes Artworks ;)

  • bloodaq

    dont confirm this and neither the other reply please…. i did not noticed that Rob Gonsalev is the creator… sorry… withdraw my reply this and the other one too… thanks

  • Lizzie

    AMAZING! I luv it :D

  • eee efff geee

    the kid with the train needs to watch out XD


    i love these illusions so much

  • Whoami

    Awesome-ness defined! :-)

  • green penguins

    i want a swing like that one

  • shona

    They are all amazing! Rob is a genius

  • Alan p-j

    I find these pictures extremely thought provoking. I have no favorite, but the least impressive just need time to show their true genius…There are just too many to take in all at once. Superb.

  • Ange

    I remember reading this books when I was really little. They are so strange, but so beautiful!

  • Sapphy

    Wow these are so awesome!!!!

  • zedd

    thes are super cool

  • lise824

    All i van say is wow. I can draw but this guy has some serious talent. I want to see his museum

  • katikar

    its weird, but the one with the guy looking at the floor with his telescope, I had a dream about a place like that once

  • Stawolf1001

    love those kinds of paintings

  • Jigille


  • Myst
    • Rob gonsalves link

  • cool smply chillin…

  • Scott

    Very “Escher-like” and that is no small feat. I love this kind of work, it tickles your mind.

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  • 2NE1

    When i see this i feel like i am in a peaceful place and i’m a kid so i really love the ones with kids and i have a big house with 3 stories so i can somewhat do this at home or at some place i really love his work. p.s. i’m sorry if it’s to long

  • Very Magritte. I love it.

  • Danny

    More information on pictures (where used) can be easily found through Would have led you to the homepage

  • suor de sapo

    Escher+Magritte=Rob Gonsalves

  • luke collins

    allsam with grren big grass

  • Karen

    THIS IS THE BEST!! I love it!! He is very creative. Love, love,love. Words cant describe how much this is the coolest paintings ever. WOW!!

  • Karen

    i also found his homepage and visited it. his paintings are very creative and i love it. i can draw good but i dont know hot to draw like that. he has serious talent.

  • jt

    omg these images are absolutely beautiful & breathtaking C: ron gonsalves has opened my eyes to the worlds within the world. brilliance xx

  • joe


  • Anonymous

    Some of these are in a book called ‘Imagine a night’ or something like that.

  • seems like some story you’re trying to tell us. i still don’t get how it’s an illusion

  • Isabelle

    HM that makes sence

  • Asfgcggv

    Niki the boy trekking through the snow wasn’t snow it was a bunch of beds with white blankets

  • Asfgcggv

    I loooove this illusion my fav

  • Someone

    i like the hallway and the headless people
    but all of them are amazing

  • xoxo

    He writes several children books called imagine a day, and imagine a night and they have really cool captions.

  • christmas snow

    Rob Gonsalves,

    Mauritz Escher would be very proud of you.
    You are definitely taking his style one step further.
    I have Escher’s book, and when your book is on print, I’ll order one.

  • JLe

    Wonderfull pictures; there is great idea (vision) in each and pictures are technically excelently produced. Great work!

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  • charlene montero

    amazing huh! great!

  • Aparna Somvanshi


    This is Aparna.I live in India and am an IB Student studying in grade 11.As a part of my comparative Studies in the subject Visual Arts I would like to take up the Artist Rob Gonsalves and his artworks as they really inspire me.

    Unfortunately,I am not acquired with the information required.Also I am not able to contact the Artist.I request you to kindly convey my regards to the Artist Rob Gonsalves and help me contact him by providing me with his Email ID.

    Thanking You.

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