Teo Gonzalez was born in Quinto, a small town in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1964. Teo had always been drawn to photography, design, and whatever other two-dimensional types of artistic expression there might be, but it was not until he was twenty years old that it became evident to him that he was a painter.
At the end of 1990, he developed his signature style -- works consisting of thousands of drops of water arranged into a grid pattern, inside which a small amount of ink or enamel was dropped and left to dry. He moved to Southern California the following year. Within a month, he produced 3036 Gotas de Tint —his first piece to ever enter a museum’s permanent collection, when it was acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He had his first show at a professional art gallery in San Francisco in 1996 and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in art from California State University in 1997. Two years later, he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he currently lives and works. Although the use of the pictorial field and exploration of color in his work draws comparisons to Abstract Expressionists such as Rothko and Pollock, his grids and working process recall Minimalists such as Agnes Martin and Sol Lewitt. For more than twenty-five years, he has relied on the grid to serve as the foundation for his work, building layers of carefully plotted cells. The result is a topography of undulating patterns and glistening surfaces.