Gonzo

Denver, Colorado

“I’m addicted to the creative process. I make art because I want to make people go “Wow!” and anticipate more artwork.”

For Denver based artist Gonzo, creating is compulsive. He always creates with this principle in mind, “to envision, dream, and create without fear of judgment.” As a self-identified Outsider artist, he creates and is drawn to art that is “uncooked” by culture, unaffected by fashion, unmoved by artistic standards, and engendered outside the influence of society. He relishes the euphoria of creation, a space that he enjoys every day. For Gonzo, it all starts with drawing. Within his stack of sketchbooks, Gonzo has created a vast visual diary stretching back many years. His creative process is immediate, quick and sporadic. Gonzo delves into patterns that invoke tragedy directly through unrelenting intention and fierce unconscious architecture.


Born and raised in Idaho, Gonzo started traveling up and down the West Coast, then back and forth across the country, hopping trains and following the Grateful Dead. He finally settled in Denver in 1994. Gonzo was homeless for twenty years, but at the age of 50, his life changed when he was incarcerated. During Gonzo’s incarceration, he turned to art for entertainment and solitude and was quickly charmed by the meditative and therapeutic qualities of creativity. Gonzo adds, “I’m still addicted to the feeling of tranquility I achieve during the creative process.” Early in 2010, while in a transitional housing program, he was introduced to the Reach Studio Program at Redline Contemporary Art Center, where he started painting while expanding his work with found materials. Gonzo has since exhibited broadly in Denver and is now coordinator of the Reach Program and a maven amongst Denver outsider artists.

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Prints by Gonzo

Lost Dog in the Park
Gonzo
New People on the Block
Gonzo
Ode to Kandinsky
Gonzo
Round Is Good
Gonzo
She's So Dizzy
Gonzo
UFA
Gonzo
UFA II
Gonzo

Originals by Gonzo

Lost Dog in the Park
Gonzo

Original

New People on the Block
Gonzo

Original

Ode to Kandinsky
Gonzo

Original

Round is Good
Gonzo

Original

She's So Dizzy
Gonzo

Original

UFA
Gonzo

Original

UFA II
Gonzo

Original

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