Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, México. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. In 2015 he was the recipient of a fellowship from the Brother Thomas Foundation . In 2016 Gonzalez received a fellowship in painting from the Mass Cultural Council. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including a solo museum exhibition at the New Hampshire Museum of Art, Fitchburg Art museum and exhibitions at the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University in Medford, MA and The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics and MOLAA in Los Angeles. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled “and their Families” for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts,Boston.
His first graphic novel, Lowriders in Space written by Cathy Camper and published by Chronicle Books was voted one of the best children’s books of 2014 by Kirkus reviews and was a finalist for the Texas Blue Bonnet award. His second book with Cathy Camper, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, was released on July 5, 2016 and was the winner of the prestigious Pura Belpre award for illustration from the American Library Association. He is currently working on the third volume of the Lowriders series, Lowriders Blast from the Past and Clockwork Curandera with David Bowles to be published by Lee and Low Books. He is also writing and illustrating his first series of picture books titled, VAMOS!, with Houghton-Mifflin. Raul Gonzalez lives in Medford, MA, with Elaine Bay and their son Raúl the Fourth. He is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary agency.