Downtown Palm Beach Gardens is about to look a whole lot prettier, thanks to Emmanuel Gonzales. The Lake Worth artist was chosen out of more than 30 applicants to transform the premier retail destination into a work of art as part of its current renovation. “I am just honored I was picked to create these displays,” says Gonzales, whose art panel installation includes illustrations of Florida’s flora and fauna such as flamingos, oranges, and various bird species (pictured here).
“We are very privileged to have such a huge variety of wildlife living among us. Sometimes I feel it is greatly taken for granted.” The artwork will be on view for a year before the next art competition. Recently, Gonzales has been live-painting at venues across South Florida, including the W Fort Lauderdale and the stage at Rosemary Square, and he debuted a solo show at Howley’s in West Palm Beach. He is also behind Art Wars, an annual interactive charity event.