Art from the ♥ is an initiative started by Tampa artist Mark Gonzalez. In 2014, Mark donated works to 17 local non-profit organizations. Many of the pieces were auctioned, raising more than $22K for local charities.
In February, Gonzalez will donate more pieces from his magnificent collection of contemporary collage art art to benefit more than 22 charities. His goal is to help bring attention to organizations who have made a significant impact on our community.
Each day, an piece of art will be auctioned with proceeds going to these charitable foundations: Metropolitan Ministries, The Children’s Home, The Spring, Suncoast Kids’ Place, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Medical Assistance Association of Pasco Doctors, Warriors for Autism, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Tampa Bay, Shorecrest Preparatory School, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American, All Souls, WMNF, Epilepsy Services Foundation of Tampa, Big Cat Rescue, Art In Your Ear, PARC, Tampa Bay Watch and Suncoast Hospice.
About Mark Gonzalez
Mark Gonzalez is a sixth generation native Floridian artist from Tampa. He attended the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.
A lifelong love for photography led Mark to the current mixed media style of art he has developed; combining elements of photography, digitization, sketch, clip art, fractal geometry, collage and print to produce his signature style.
After 25 years as an executive in the music and advertising industries, Gonzalez reached a mid-life crossroad where he felt it vital to re-evaluate his future dreams and goals.
While visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain in 2007, Mark made the commitment to follow his love and passion for photography and art; taking it to a new level as an artist.
Mark then commenced this journey, uploading thousands of of favorite photographs taken throughout his life. He then began teaching himself the art of digitization. The digitized photos he created have become the nucleus of the multi-layered, inner dimensional, surrealistic puzzles that are the work of Mark Gonzalez.
Gonzalez’ art is defined within a complex interplay of explosive colors, kaleidoscopic psychedelic imagery and dense atmospheric textures converging into a visual experience deep in a deluge of exaggerated, redefined field of depth: Where images dissolve and morph as they navigate, combine and define universal patterns of the day.
Gonzalez’ work is created in the ambiance of FotoMorphs Studio in Tampa, FL where it is showered in more than 80 multi-colored LED lights, fueling the animation and life of his unique art.
Gonzalez is an active member of the Tampa Bay art community through charity work with his project, “Art from my heart to Tampa Bay,” where he recently donated more than 30 pieces of his original works to Bay Area charities.