João Paulo grew up with a love of art and strong love of the ocean. He moved to the United States as a young adult and has spend most of his time here living in South Florida. His life, spent almost completely near the ocean, has strongly influence his collection of abstract seascapes.
In college in Brazil, he studied architecture and then, once he moved to South Florida, he took additional courses in Industrial Design at the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute. Gonçalves’ love of architectural design is a strong component in his shadow art pieces where he harness light into shadows created by deliberately placed and cut wood pieces as he sculpts these fascinating pieces of art.
Gonçalves frequently exhibits throughout South Florida as well as having private and corporate collectors of his original art work across the United States. He currently lives in Coconut Creek with his wife and four children.
Beyond his love of creating art, Gonçalves has a passion for helping and mentoring his fellow artists to become full-time artists, supported solely by their own art work.