Artist Milo González opens his newest exhibit, “Quest on Canvas,” Saturday, at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery.
The artist recollects sketching in notebooks, creating caricatures of classmates and teachers and not paying attention to lessons in school, which admittedly sometimes got him into trouble.
“I could not control myself and would not even realize I was drawing,” González recalled. “I will never forget my first drawing class. At the beginning of each lesson the teacher, very elegant and refined, covered the entire chalkboard with the vibrant colors of Costa Rican folkloric-style landscapes, in the style of Fausto Pacheco. It was the only class I never strayed from.”
“But what I’ll always remember is at the end of each class when she picked up an eraser and totally cleaned the board! It was heartbreaking. I wanted to scream and kick every time.”
González said he stumbled across a stunning art exhibit from Taiwan covering its history, including modern paintings in oil. He was mesmerized. It was the catalyst, the “ah-ha” moment, which turned his focus to the world of art.
He has had formal studies and tutelages in many artistic disciplines.
Although González may favor the grand masters, like Picasso, Guayasamín, Tamayo, Felguerez and Gauguin, and continuously learns from their methods, he depicts his own style and composition, sometimes featuring some of the most distinctive characteristics of Cubism, such as breaking
down a subject to its geometrical components and often using neutral color palettes.