Arthur Gonzalez is an internationally exhibited artist with over thirty-five one-person shows in the last twenty-five years, including seven in New York City. He has received many awards including the Virginia Groot Foundation twice and is an unprecedented four-time recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts grant within a ten-year period. He is a Professor of Art at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) where he was Chair of the Ceramics program from 1995 to 2010.
Nurtured on West Coast funk legacies and specifically the influences of his teacher, the confrontational artist, Robert Arneson, Gonzalez learned early on that no subject was taboo. Innermost feelings, guilt, embarrassments, worries, and concerns exist to be exploited Gonzalez makes use of the satirist ploy to take the most embarrassing moment or bitter pill more palatable by weaving humor, caricature, obscenity, and the grotesque into his art.