4: Frank Gonzales

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So in celebration of our Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Frank Gonzales

Frank Gonzales was born in Mesa in 1975 and raised in Tempe. He says he was interested in art after high school but didn't really know how to pursue it or if there was a future in it.

"It seemed so far fetched at the time and all I really wanted to do was Graffiti, that was my most creative outlet," he says. "I took art classes at PHX community college for a year and transferred to MCC after hearing about their great art dept. It was there where I was introduced to drawing and painting in a classical manner."

Gonzales moved to California to attend the Laguna College of Art and Design, then to New York, and then back to Phoenix last December. He currently lives in Tempe and paints fulltime.

Frank Gonzales
I came BACK to Phoenix with ... the intentions to make a living through painting and not have a 9 to 5.

Frank Gonzales
I make art because ... I'm not good an much else.

I'm most productive when ... I'm locked in my studio.

My inspiration wall is full of ... some studies I made and friends art work. Also some tchotchkes I've found and taped to the wall.

I've learned the most from ... leaving home and living elsewhere.

Good work should always ... be honest.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... I think I need to spend some more time in the scene to make a Judgement. Although, I can say that we need something here in Tempe!

Frank Gonzales
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña
34. Cindy Iverson
33. Ryan Gentry
32. Sebastien Millon
31. Andrea Beesley
30. Chris Pruitt
29. Robert Diehl
28. Rachel Malloy
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan
23. Such and Champ Styles
22. Julia Fournier
21. Rebecca Green
20. Jules Demetrius
19. Averian Chee
18. Sara Cochran
17. Daniel Mills
16. Nina Miller
15. Robert Brandan Martinez
14. Rachel Bowditch
13. Ashley Macias
12. Eddie Sparr
11. Bob Roman
10. Melinda Bergman
9. Emily Stergar
8. Tomas Stanton
7. Becky Nahom
6. Jordon Roberts
5. Mary Stephens

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