The Surreal and Pop at VFA

Carlos Joao Alvarez Guerra Gonzalez 1980 – present

The works of Carlos Gonzalez are a cross between Andy Warhol’s attitude and Rene Magritte’s style. He is a fine portrait artist and surrealist painter whose focus is consumerism and culture.

Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1980. After graduating from the Academy of San Alejandro he studied at the University of the Arts in Havana from 2006 to 2009.

Gonzalez currently lives and works in South Florida, where he has become an active part of the arts community.

Andy Warhol 1928-1987

It’s hard to believe that it was just a little less than two years ago, at Super Bowl Llll, that a huge crowd was sitting in a stadium in Atlanta watching Andy Warhol eat a burger from Burger King. Viewers blew up Google, searching for information about Andy. The ad caused a stir of controversy, which is what Warhol himself did during his lifetime and certainly earned him another fifteen minutes of fame.

Warhol was a very successful commercial artist in New York, working for clients like Tiffany’s and Dior, before getting his own work shown at galleries.

His take on American consumerism resonated with art lovers. “What’s great about this country,” he said, “is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.”

Warhol’s work, and persona, still resonates with the public. Many of his photographs are currently on display at the Galerie Italienne in Paris.

His talent as an artist is often forgotten, overwhelmed by his large persona. Unique works like Tidal Basin, done for submission to the Washington Post, and Brooklyn Bridge, both available at VFA, reveal his remarkable talent.

Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Although they thought along similar planes, and both became Pop icons, the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol were different in ideology and approach.

Lichtenstein’s work, though taken from comic book cells, had its roots in high art. Throughout their lives, the two artists collected each other’s works but were more like frenemies than colleagues.

Like Warhol, Lichtenstein’s works are still sought after and widely exhibited.

Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop!, an exhibit of Lichtenstein’s recreations of Monet’s works, will be on view at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in downtown Sarasota, from February 13 through June 27, 2021.

The artworks for the exhibit are on loan from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and private collectors.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Carlos Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein or any of the fine artists whose work is available at VFA.

Eileen Kinsella. Pop or Flop? Burger King’s Andy Warhol Super Bowl Ad Succeeded in Alienating Pretty Much Everybody. artnetnews. February 5, 2019.
Keith Estiler. Largest Exhibition of Andy Warhol’s Photographs to Go on Display in Paris. Hypebeast. December 18, 2020.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Showcase Pop Art Icon Roy Lichtenstein’s Take on Monet’s Garden. ArtfixDaily. January 12, 2021.
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