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Born 1943 –  Died August 2, 2008

christopher gonzalez

González was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. He had a Puerto Rican father and Jamaican mother. González graduated from the Jamaica School of Art (The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts) in 1963 where he majored in sculpture. He later became a faculty member at the school. González earned his Master's degree in Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts. He taught at schools and institutions in Jamaica, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, during his career. He was influenced by Edna Manley and Pablo Picasso. He lived and worked within the Saint Ann Parish area with his wife and family.

González is, perhaps, best known for a 9-foot-tall (2.7 m) statue of Bob Marley, which is currently on display at a museum in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The abstract stautue depicts Marley with a tree trunk for a lower body and a distorted face. The sculpture was pelted with fruit and rocks by angry Marley fans when it was unveiled in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1983 on the second anniversary of his death.

González was also well known for creating two bronze reliefs that commemorate Jamaican independence from Great Britain. He also worked on the tomb of the former Prime Minister of JamaicaNorman Washington Manley. Within Jamaica, examples of González's work is displayed at the Jamaica National Heroes' Memorial, the National Gallery of Jamaica, the residence of the Prime Minister and the Bank of Jamaica. He also held both group and solo art shows in Jamaica, the United StatesDenmarkCubaCanada and Mexico.

Christopher González died of cancer on 2 August 2008, in Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at the age of 65. He was survived by his wife, Champayne Clarke-Gonzalez, and six children Chinyere, Odiaka, Asha, Christina, Abenah, and Nailah Gonzalez.

"Dove of Vision"

Watercolour on Paper (2004) 22 x 30 inches ID#: 300064

"Young Woman"

Watercolour on Paper (2005) 8.25 x 11.25 inches ID# 103452


Watercolour on Paper (2009) 21 x 29 inches ID# 102-062


Watercolour on Paper 30 x 27 inches ID#: 303008


Watercolour on Paper (2006) 20 in x 30 inches ID#: 102161

"Untitled Composition"

Watercolour on Paper (1995) 27.5 in x 35 inches ID#: 102162

"Untitled #13"

Watercolour on Paper (2003) 2.5 x 5.5 inches ID#: 300811

"Untitled #30"

Watercolour on Paper (2007) 2.25 x 5.5 inches ID#: 300812

"Man & Woman in Prayer/Meditation"

Watercolour on Paper (1986) 10 x 15 inches ID#: 103455

"Untitled #24"

Watercolour on Paper (2002) 5.25 x 15 inches ID#: 103453

"Untitled #26"

Watercolour on Paper (2003) 3.75 x 3.75 inches ID#: 300810

"Untitled #35"

Watercolour on Paper (2007) 14 x 5 inches ID#: 300522

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