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February 4, 2013

The Fabulous Retro Art of El Gato Gomez – New Sponsor Shout-out And Giveaway Of An Original El Gato Gomez Painting! – Contest Closed And Winner Choosen!

Hey everyone! RetroRuth here, and I want to send out a HUGE welcome to our newest sponsor on NPR – the incredibly talented El Gato Gomez! If you haven’t seen some of her fabulous art before, you are in for a treat. If you HAVE seen her stuff before (either on her site, from Sara’s post or on eBay) you are still in for a huge treat. Why? Because in honor of her welcome here on NPR, El Gato is giving away a fantastic ORIGINAL 12 x 16 gallery wrapped canvas to one lucky reader! That’s right! So take a read through the story of how El Gato got started painting her retro delights and make sure to leave a comment at the end to be entered to win the painting ” Gato Classico”.

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El Gato Gomez writes:

My personal obsession with Mid Century style began very early. As a child I would sit for hours browsing through a small collection of personal treasures my mother had kept from her own childhood. She had a fabulous stash of photo albums,children’s books, and toys that were kept in a closet. I was especially enthralled with a 1960s Disneyland souvenir photo album. The images of Tomorrowland blew my tiny brain into space and the Mary Blair designed Small World dioramas tickled me to pieces. I had never seen anything so enchanting. Visions of the Haunted Mansion and my mother’s recollection of whirling, transparent ghosts and stretching portraits thrilled me completely. My first visit to a Disney park came shortly after Epcot Center opened and I was not disappointed. My most recent trip with my own child only reinforced the awe.

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Another great influence was my grandmother who’s house lay directly on a graveyard. I visited often on weekends and every Saturday we would watch the classic horror movies on “Creature Feature”. A passion for the macabre in black and white never left me and vintage horror movies and retro TV became part of DNA. Ask my kids… it’s hereditary.

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In my teen years a fascination with the BEAT generation formed with that a TV commercial for Cappio Cappuccino. Things went a little loopy after that and years of black clothing and berets were to follow, along with weather copies of “On The Road” and “Howl” and a pair of thrift store bongos. The obsession was fully developed and I could not get enough of everything of that era.

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Over the two decades that followed I have been overjoyed to discover the wonders of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, illustrators like James Flora and an unbelievable number of artists and graphic designers who developed that kooky, charming, and wonderfully imaginative yet perfectly polished visual style known as Mid Century Modernism.

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When I was first introduced to the work of SHAG about 10 years ago I think I actually started to hyperventilate. A whole new world opened up to me. I had been to art school and my idea of fine art and a the concept of a career as an artist had been formed in a way that was very repressive. I had forgotten where my inspiration to create had come from and I was like a square peg in a round hole. After discovering Shag I went on to find inspiration everywhere and kindred spirits coming out of the woodwork. Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, Tim Biskup, Amanda Visell, and don’t get me started on “Ren & Stimpy”. The list goes on and on…. The evidence of a retro mentality is becoming overwhelming. Apparently I was not the only little kid crawling into that box in the closet.

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Please visit my website elgatogomezarts.com to view past works and available original art (I am not yet making prints and sell only originals). There is also a list of links to other awesome artists and fun websites.

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NOTE: A word about the cat… Everyone wants to know where the inspiration for the El Gato Gomez name came from. Black cats are, to me, the epitome of sleek, stylish and aloof. They have a wonderful vibe and beautiful form. The “Hep Cat” is where it’s at and keeps his cool at all times. The Gomez part is a little silly, I’ll just keep that under my beret.

It’s RetroRuth again, guys. I have to admit, I am totally in love with this stuff. And yes, I am a lucky owner of some El Gato originals myself and I can tell you that they are great. Tom and I are just loving them! So, if you want to be the proud owner of an El Gato of your very own, head on over to eBay to check out what’s for sale AND be sure to leave a comment below to be entered to win this gorgeous piece:

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It is 12 x 16 on 1 1/2″ thick gallery wrapped canvas and is titled ” Gato Classico”. I am so jealous of everyone who gets to enter! I LOVE this piece!

*Leave a comment below to be entered into a random drawing to win an original painting by El Gato Gomez. This painting was provided by El Gato Gomez as a prize for this giveaway, and the giveaway will close on 2/10/2013 at midnight EST with the winner announced on 2/11/2013. Thanks for entering!

*UPDATE: Want to see who won? Check it out here!

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197 Responses to The Fabulous Retro Art of El Gato Gomez – New Sponsor Shout-out And Giveaway Of An Original El Gato Gomez Painting! – Contest Closed And Winner Choosen!

  1. Toni Alexander Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Finding Retro Reno was like finding others from my home planet! El Gato, I’d love to hang this piece above my Womb Chair or in my Heywood-Wakefield dining room! Pick me!!

    • Cindy Wright Reply

      February 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      I would absolutely love to have an El Gato Gomez to hang in my house. I love Mid century modern and funky art work. I love all of her work.


  2. Ruth Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

    On behalf of my own “Gomez”, who is incredibly sleek, stylish and aloof, I am anxiously hoping to WIN! okay, my guy is really named “Wally”, but he is one HEP CAT!

  3. Apsutter Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:53 am

    She is so incredibly talented!! I can’t wait to have a home because I’m going to have artwork everywhere! I love the the beat girl with all the black cats and the second one from the top with the blue house and green car is so awesome.

  4. tonya newton Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I, too, own a couple of El Gato Gomez originals. I love love love the work! Even though I am also an artist influenced by the same things, I am a fan of El Gato Gomez and hope to acquire more work soon.

  5. Liz Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I absolutely adore her work! The colors in this piece she has offered up to win are amazing and I just love it. I wish that was a picture of my living room!

  6. Mary Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love, love, love! Would look perfect in our ’57 home. Keep up the fantastic work!

  7. Andrea Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I love her artwork and plan to buy some of her art as part of our MCM remodel of our 1965 split level house.

  8. Allen Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I would love to win this. I am glad that you were able to introduce us to this amazing artist. This piece would look great in the Mid Century Modest home I just bought.

  9. Mary B. Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Oh, I love her work, since you first posted her on Pinterest. This was actually one of the paintings I had been eyeing on Ebay a while back.

  10. April Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:58 am

    What a lovely story. I’ve admired her artwork for a while now, not knowing she was a woman.
    The name El Gato Gomez brought a totally different image to mind 😉

  11. nickarmadillo Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I’m in! I’ve seen this artist pop up a few times on the internet and love her work.

  12. Queen of Fifty Cents Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:15 am

    What fun, and how perfect this would be for our 1957 house!

  13. tina Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Amazing work! I especially love the house ones.


  14. Kate Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I love El Gato Gomez — and don’t yet own any of her paintings. This would be fabulous!

  15. Jeff Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    My wonderful girlfriend (who also has great taste) and I love her work. Great story.

  16. Jillian Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    As a cat and mid century lover – this would complete it all!

  17. Patty Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Love hearing how an artist got started and love her work! I hope to win this lovely painting!

  18. Donna Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Love her art! Wonderful reading about her life and how her art sense developed.

  19. Julie Forsyth Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I LOVE her work. Keeping my fingers crossed, here. I could use the luck!!!

  20. Susan Thornton Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Love El Gato Gomez!

  21. Allison Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Awesome article and what a great piece. Love it

  22. Maura Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I LOVE her work!! I have a gorgeous small black cat on my office inspiration wall and drool on FB. And I didn’t know about Bucket of Blood- dear god, kindred anyone?

    Hoping i get picked!


  23. Toby Roan Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve been eyeballing El Gato Gomez’s stuff on Facebook for months. It’s terrific — and would look swell in my home!

    Thanks for offering up a piece!

  24. wendy leja Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Gato’s work is truly amazing and one of a kind. A true artist! I bought my first piece about a month ago and am so excited to hang it in my new home back east! Thank you! I eagerly wait to hang more pieces.

  25. Barb Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I just love the work of El Gato Gomez – I have several of the cat themed paintings, and this one is lovely as well!

  26. Susan Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I just discovered El Gato Gomez a few weeks ago – I’m absolutely in love! I especially love the artwork featuring cats and rocket ships, but would be thrilled to win any of her art!!

  27. Nikki Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I love these paintings! I’ve wanted one for months now- it would go with out vintage living room furniture perfectly 🙂

  28. Lisa Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I would LO-O-O-O-OVE to win one of these. Her work is so sleek and vibrant at the same time! Hook me UP! haha

  29. Scot O'Dell Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I became ‘friends’ with El Gato Gomez on Facebook in 2012. Her fabulous vintage style paintings are needed on my walls. I am on disability and would love to win this masterpiece, but if not me…please award it to someone else who cannot otherwise afford to own an El Gato. Thank You from Indianapolis, Scot O’Dell

  30. Jessica McAlpine Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The art of El Gato Gomez is drool worthy. Love it!

  31. Kitty Mansfield Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I am absolutely in love with El Gato Gomezs work! One day I hope to be an inspiration for a painting! Until then Ill just hope to win one! 🙂

    Xoxo Kitty Mansfield

  32. Rayna Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    El Gato – your work is creative, inspiring and fantastically original. Each one makes us smile!

  33. The Wommbat Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    The Wommbat must have El Gato Gomez painting! MUST HAVE!!!!! OHHHHHH!

  34. keri13 Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love El Gato Gomez’s work! My whole house is retro, so it would fit in perfectly!

  35. Bill Turner Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    When I saw her work I knew I had to act quickly to acquire an original before her fame drove prices sky high. Fortunately I was able to buy a set of paintings on Ebay. I continue to enjoy her work. I particularly like the space and time tunnel series. Her work just makes me happy!

  36. Brenda Gardner Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Love your art. I only own one but would love another!!

  37. Kathy Shurilla Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Love it love it love it! Always loved Tomorrowland, too! El Gato Gomez = fun art! Talent! Checking out her works elsewhere. Thank you for posting.

  38. Lynette Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Love it! Want it!! 🙂

  39. Mary Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to another great artist. We just bought a new house. WHile it’s not retro like our last house, I am looking forward to changing it up and putting our personal touch on it.

  40. Michael Sharp Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I’m pleased to have helped make this connection by sharing an NPR blog post about El Gato Gomez art with the artist.

  41. Ken Braasch Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Y’all should go and ‘like’ her artwork page on Facebook, and see all the wonderful paintings that appear on your news feed. I’m so happy to have found EGG. Some of her paintings, I get the feeling that she stepped in to my brain, and unleashed some MCM treasures hidden there. They really strike a wonderfully familiar chord with me, and they’re beautiful, too boot!

  42. Kari S Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Mid-century style and cats in art. It can’t get any better than that!

  43. Lisa Zepeda Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    As a lover of everything mid century, El gato gomez paints the essence and spirit of this period. Her works blends well for anyone who decorates and/or collects this timeless modern style. I’m a huge cat lover also and I would be happy to add her work to my wall.

  44. Ashley Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Her artwork is just wonderful!

  45. Marty Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Isn’t that amazing!! What a beautiful piece of art! I love that it is original, wow…who wouldn’t be proud to display any of her creations?!?!

  46. jacquie Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Me, me, me! Pleeeeease! Just love these works!

  47. Maureen Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, I would love to win this! I am absolutely obsessed with Mary Blair, it was wonderful to read she is one of El Gato Gomez’s inspirations.

  48. Chris Lankenau Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    We joke about getting a third cat to join Loretta and Conway, and complain about too many bare walls in the house. This lovely artwork would fit the bill perfectly!

  49. Donna Mibus Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I am inspired by her work and would be honored to own one of her paintings!

  50. Tracy Gavel Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Love her art – I own several of her works and would be thrilled to own another!

  51. Natalie Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    What wonderful MCM style art!

  52. Roberta Jones Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I am such a FAN of her art… would love to win one for myself. Go Gato!

  53. L Paluga Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Am inspired by all of el Gato’s work, and would love to receive such a special prize!

  54. Pat K. Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    As a mid-century child and the owner of two beautiful, sleek and best black cats ever, Punky and Kisses
    Aka Pumpkin and Krissy ,as they have both passed on, I would love to immortalize them in a lovely piece of art such as these. Good Luck to all.

  55. Jimi Wilson Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve known El Gato Gomez since that cool cat was a kitten! So great to see such talent find its audience!

  56. dorothy riley Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I love the art work of El Gato Gomez, would be great to win one of her pieces!

  57. Christene Barkhordar Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I Love El Gato Gomez’s Work she is amazing I purchased a Custom Piece form her It was to Die for she is wonderful and I LOVE Her Work xoxoxoo
    U Rock Hunny xo Christie

  58. Lenny Cota Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I HAD NO IDEA it was you that made the cappio comercial LOVE THE STUFF n the look havent seen where to enter at so CHOSE ME i LOVE THIS and LOVE CAPPIO commercial 2 HIP

  59. Pilar Ruleman Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Finally some original art I’d be proud to display on my wall. Simply superb!! Also love the retro style & I have a black cat of my own to celebrate!!

  60. Logan Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm


  61. Charlene Evans Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love her stuff SO MUCH!!!

  62. Vie Portland Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love this artwork! To own a piece would be a dream. Xx

  63. Suzanne Grazyna Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve loved El Gato’s work for awhile now. I am the mother of a black cat. The are the sleekest, the Hep. I’d be in ecstacy to own one of her pieces!

  64. Heather M Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I just recently found El Gato Gomez and I am obsessed. I love the tiki inspired works. I also saw one that was of sea monkeys. It was just too cool. I wish she was selling prints.

  65. Pat in PA Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Mid-century, atomic, and cats–I’m in love!!! What a great prize!

  66. pythia Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    El Gato paints where I want to live (Cats and all)!

  67. michelle in DFW Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I love hep cat and your art! ooh, I hope I win!

  68. Amanda Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I adore black kitties featured in MCM art!

  69. Kelly Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    El Gato Gomez, you are one cooool cat! I have a penchant for everything and my own gato’s love to sleep on it. They would love an original El Gato Gomez to hang on the wall and celebrates their Feline-ness!!!

  70. ColibriNB Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    What a great giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  71. Jennifer Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I too adore black kitties (have one of my own, Inky)and atomic art. They’re a match made in heaven!

  72. Stephenie Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Black kitties are the best thing ever..and the name of El Gato Gomez is just inspired. Great art, and a great story!

  73. nats Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    el gato gomez is the rad. love her work and glad her post led me to this great site. thx.

  74. Will Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm


  75. Amber Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    love it! that would compliment my décor. I love el gato’s taste.

  76. Paris Brown Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    After reading EGG’s background, I feel as though she and I are kindred spirits. Like her, I also spent my childhood poking into my grandmother’s old boxes and mothball-scented closets. From her, I acquired my love of mid-century fashion and design. I was lucky enough to live close to Disneyland, and it indeed represented a magical place to me, one that constantly frequented my dreams with dancing Small World puppets, hitchhiking ghosts, and dark, lapping Caribbean waves.

    All of these mid-century hauntings combine to form a nostalgic beauty that I can never quite articulate or assemble. I’ve been on a quest to accumulate a mid-century look in my own house but, unfortunately, I’ve fallen on hard times and can only immerse myself in photos and art inspired by the period. EGG’s artwork perfectly captures that spirit and will always have a deserved place in those yearnings for mid-century nostalgia (hopefully, a place inside my own place very soon as well!).

  77. Deanna Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Another fantastic El Gato Gomez original! I was so excited to learn of her a year or two ago, and we’re thrilled to have won a pair of her abstract paintings on eBay last year. They hang in our entry and perfectly set the tone for the whole house. I find myself totally intrigued by the world she’s created in her paintings, and regularly lust after her posts on Facebook. Reading about her influences just makes perfect sense. Oh, and she’s got great taste in music too, as evidenced by the many videos she posts. 😉

  78. amy navalta Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I adore his painting so much that i bought some! Would be great to own another one of his amazing piece!

  79. Cynthia Hall Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Creature Double feature, Howl, and Tomorrowland and REN and STIMPY as your inspiration ???? Dear Lady, I love you. Your pictures are a kind and gentle escape from the world I live in. Thank you. Cynthia

  80. Brandy Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I love the art of El Gato Gomez! I own one small piece & hope to have more in the future.

  81. Toni Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I love El Gato Gomez. Especially the space paintings, but really, I love all of them. After a layoff 3 years ago, I’m finally near where I need to be again, & hope to purchase on of these this year.

    I adore the 60’s Disneyland and had a map on my wall for years of that era’s park. That tomorrowland will always be in my heart. Right now, I’m train to paint my own Mary Blair inspired painting, but it sucks. As much as I love that art, I can’t do it! It’s much harder than it looks, and El Gato Gomez does it right.

  82. Mike From Cincinnati Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Recently discovered El Gato Gomez and just love her stuff. Bought 4 pieces so far and can’t wait to get more.

  83. Gina Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Just beautiful. I can only dream of having this painting in my apartment. NPR: Thanks for spotlighting El Gato Gomez! And El Gato…thanks for “donating” an awesome work of art.

  84. Tess Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I LOVE El Gato Gomez! I’ve been looking at her art on her website and on Ebay for months. I’m saving a spot above my couch for when I can afford to buy one.

  85. The Angry Idol Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Having an El Gato would flippy hangin’ next to my Shag, you dig? Righteous.

  86. BeeJay Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I´m so thankful a friend introduced me to El Gato Gomez´s art. Being an artist myself I highly enjoy her daily posts and would be beyond thrilled to own one of her paintings!! Cheers from germany ~ BeeJay

    • Cheetah Velour Reply

      February 5, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      I agree with BeeJay- I love El Gato’s daily posts on Facebook! El Gato Gomez is the greatest!!

  87. Reno Revolver Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    You are definitely my favorite non-contemporary contemporary artist. Your work is exactly the my style. Thanks for being so awesome!!

  88. Lila Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    These paintings are beyond amazing!!!!!!!!!! I need this one in particular hanging in my 50s living room!!!

  89. Frank Bruce Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    thanks to Gomez for sending me over to this blog… great find. cheers to all.

  90. Voodoo Kitten Reply

    February 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    OMG! I would love to win. I’ve admired her art for awhile now.

  91. Mike M Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Beautiful work! Would be honored to have it hanging in our home

  92. Moe Moe Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:01 am

    El Gato Gomez is an amazing artist! I am lucky enough to have scored a small piece for my tiki bar, but would love to have another for this 62 split level home!

  93. Jim Poston Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I totally LOVE El Gato Gomez!! I love her ART and I love her Music!! I hope we can meet some day and have a drink at a TIKI BAR!!

  94. Rebecca Russo Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    El Gato is the coolest cat ever!

  95. Paul Tyler Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Ever considered doing a line of cards? Your work would translate easily to that format then EVERYONE could own a lit bit o El Gato Gomez! Love your talent and continued success is wished upon you!

  96. fred arndt Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Very interesting style…so Palm Springs

  97. Stacey Barich Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I love her work and have been collecting since the day a friend shared her page on facebook. She really gets it, and has some of the best themes I’ve seen. Long live El Gato Gomez!

  98. Stacey Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

    My husband and I LOVE your paintings…this is a given considering he is wanting his entire office only showcasing your works…and you made him VERY happy on his birthday…THANK YOU AGAIN! 😉 I have used “imitation is the highest form of flattery” to copy a work of yours …that’s when I truly realized your talent!!! Lol
    Now I have a board devoted to your art…I (we) are HUGE fans…and we love your Facebook posts, too!!! 😉 much love and appreciation for your talent!!!

  99. Jenee Libby Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Im such a huge fan of her work and would be thrilled to win!

  100. Sheryl Schroeder Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I absolutely ADORE EGG! We are kindred spirits to be sure! Her art is so so lovely. I’ve been following her for a while now on facebook and anywhere else I can find her wonderful art. I was astonished to see the names of the other artists she mentioned there, ALL favorites of mine and inspirations to my own art as well. What I wouldn’t give to win this piece! Pick me! Pick me please!

  101. Angela Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Love, love, love the work of El Gato Gomez! Would be delighted beyond belief to win one of her pieces 🙂

  102. Vicki Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:39 am

    LOVE El Gato Gomez! I think my first exposure may have been at the Harold Golen Gallery in the Wynwood section of Miami. It’s just my style and I follow regularly!! ❤

  103. Stephanie Barrett Marshall Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I am obsessed with Gato’s work. I too have some of her pieces. They thrill me to pieces. I specially love the interior spaces she paints. I sometimes stare at them visualizing having my own MCM home decorated with the same metal wire chairs or bullet planters or the same color paint on the walls. I too have a sleek black hep cat name Kiki and Gato’s painting’s remind me of her. Her paintings of tiki life and culture are so cool. I really connect to her work and i hope to one day meet my favorite artist : )

  104. kristina body Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I have been a huge fan of El Gato Gomez for quite a while now, and because of them I found your site! So its a win-win for me. I haven’t been able to obtain an original (hopefully one day) So maybe I’ll get lucky. In the mean time I’m going to love perusing your blog! Thank you….

  105. Kuke Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I need this painting! I love El Gato Gomez! I love him!!!!I have been saving my money to buy an original, I am his facebook friend…Pick me!!!!

  106. Kathrin Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I so adore El Gato Gomez Art work. Looking at her work gives me the “all is well with the world” feeling and makes me smile. I would be over he moon to win the “Gato Classico”.

    Thank you for sharing the words from the artist.

  107. Christian Moeckel Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I’ve been a fan for quite awhile now. I think I first stumbled across El Gato’s paintings on Ebay or possibly the blog Welcome to Deluxeville. Either way, I’d love to own an original. I’d even stoop so low as to use my cancer as an excuse as to why I should be the winner of this contest, lol. Just kidding, I’d never bring that up. But seriously, I love Gato’s work but I often wonder how the hell she cranks them out the way she does. As an artist myself, it baffles me. Anyways, this painting would look great above my newly purchased Pearsall sofa, just sayin’

  108. Lee Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I’m the proud owner of 15 El Gato pieces and still collecting more. Her artwork is phenomenal. I even have some tattooed on my arm, and received her blessing before I had it done. Hope I win!

  109. Ian McMullan Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 3:03 am

    It’s a trained and twisted mind that can create such masterful art.

    I Love it, my cats love it and now they want me to enter this competition. I’m worried that if I don’t win there may be cat consequences to follow…Heck I gotta try.

  110. Lily Reiche Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

    My husband and I follow your work AVIDLY and long for the day we can have
    One of our very own! LOVE LOVE LOVE your stuff.

  111. creasha ann Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Love love love your art … Especially tiki cats and cats w/ your variations of girls …

  112. Alisha Andrews Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I am a proud owner of an El Gato Gomez original and I hope to one day own at least one for every room of my home. My husband and I are both artists and we are so in love with everything she does. Also, thanks to her I’m excited about finding this amazing site! Viva la mid century mojo!

  113. Lisa hughes Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I <3 El Gato Gomez's work! I have one piece by her already & would love to win another… esp since it has a cat theme. The piece I already have is of two black cats… black cats are the best! And so is El Gato Gomez! =^..^=

  114. Pauline Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Love this piece by El Gato Gomez, and love your site. Even if I don’t win I’m on a winner because of your site – thanks

  115. D.O. Couvelha Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I adore El Gato and mid-century modernism art! Thanks for sharing this article! Love, love, love your blog!

  116. tina Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I am in love with the work of El Gato Gomez. Would absolutely love to win this piece!

  117. Laura Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I love this painting- all of the others I’ve seen so far are fantastic, too! My husband is a big fan of the Gato Gomez space paintings, too!!

  118. michelle cacioppo Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    so happy that you posted about this a couple months ago…i promptly went on ebay and purchased on the her amaze balls painting. altho it has yet to be hung up, i am uber happy with it and am looking forward to adding more paintings as my budget allows.

  119. Jennifer Still Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Wonderful modern art! I feel like I’ve step back in time when I see it. Thank goodness we have artist like El Gato Gomez around today 🙂

  120. Lauren Bradley Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I would love to win and El Gato Gomez!

  121. Cris Mariz Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    El Gato Gomez is so special that gives worth to expose your pearls. But I want it anyway!

  122. RetroSandie Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    OOOH! Please count me in! I’m another retro-maniac and just looove El Gato Gomez! I would be beyond thrilled to win! Thank you!!

  123. Heather K. Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    El Gato Gomez is one cool cat! Fingers are crossed that I’m the lucky winner – I’ve got the perfect spot for this piece!

  124. Autumn Luciano Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I adore this style, she’s amazing! Don’t know how I haven’t heard of her before. I hope I win, this painting would look brilliant in my photos. <3

  125. TwoFlowers Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I love your paintings, El Gato Gomez! Your black cats look just like my Cleo and Lola! They were both very sleek ladies and I’d love to have your painting to remind me of them.

  126. mary Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I love this picture! We had a black cat, named him Bart.

  127. Brian Reply

    February 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Love El Gato’s work…especially the ones of houses. As a owner of a midcentury modern house in Michigan, i’d love to have one of her pieces.

    The houses, black cats, and interior design of these paintings will complement my 1964 mcm ranch very well.

    Best of luck to you El Gato Gomez!

  128. Jacqueline Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Love her and the fantastic MCM inspired paintings, and I too am a huge Shag fan!

  129. Muriel Romero Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Absolutely stunning! I admire how sleek, neat, and beautiful her art is, so very Midcentury of course!!!

  130. Uncle Atom Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I’ve been following El Gato Gomez auctions on ebay for a while now, haven’t won one yet, but I’m dying to start a collection.

  131. Angelyn Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Beautiful work, as a indulgent retroholic and black cat owner, I feel I must soon own an original El Gato Gomez.

  132. Neca Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    What amazing art! this would look lovely in our MCM Florida home.

  133. Juti Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks to you, NPR, I discovered the El Gato Gomez page and absolutely fell in love. When I grew up, this is what art looked like! I’m in that box in the closet, too, remembering my Audrey Hepburn-esque, slightly Beat mother and the wall art she made for my bedroom. Crushed gravel paintings, anybody? I couldn’t pass up this chance to throw my beret in the ring for an El Gato Original! Thanks for the opportunity.

  134. Charmaine Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I just recently discovered these amazing pieces of art, and would absolutely LOVE to add one to my mid-century mod home. PS My “hep cat”‘s name is Mozart!

  135. rae Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 12:58 am

    i love her work! i’ve been watching for the perfect one to go on ebay so I can bid on it! thank you so much for introducing us to her work!

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  137. Linda Renehan Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

    My black cat would love to own the work of elgatogomez

  138. Jamie Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I’m impressed these are all ORIGINAL paintings and not mass-produced computer printouts. Keep it real. 🙂

  139. CT Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Thank you, Thank you for introducing me to this amazing artist!! Your site always makes me smile. And being a fellow Michigander I can relate to all the places you talk about and thrift at. Amazing art, thanks again!!

  140. Desirae Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I’ve been eying her work ever since you first posted about her. I just can’t decide which one I like the best!

  141. Martha Castiello Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I love the world El Gato Gomez creates…you can transport yourself into one of her art pieces. I would love to win this, especially since my 50th b-day is two days after the drawing…what a perfect gift!!

  142. Marty Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    My daughter would LOVE this painting! I’d LOVE to wint it for her.

  143. veg-o-matic Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Oooh, this painting would be perfect over the sofa in my den! If I don’t win, I think one of her paintings is going to be on my Christmas list this year.

  144. Inky Wine Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    ahhh these are fabulous!! I’d love to win this for my living room that I am slowly but surely converting to mid-century!

  145. Michelle Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This painting is amazing…everything I love about Mid-Century. Now I am off to look at more of the artist’s work!

  146. Tayva Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I love his work! He’s definitely THE top Mid-century inspired artist, in my book.
    I’m glad my friend Steve introduced me to his work… His space themes are outrageous! I’m always looking forward to what new art he will post next,

  147. Suzanne smith Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    These pictures are pure genius!

    I love my cats and they have been there through lifes ups and downs for me and have given me the most affection and this would be a wonderful way for me to show off a beautiful work of art .
    They mean so much to me and I feel like they are little angels from up above. Cant imagine life without their devotion and I am so glad they adopted me 😉
    I hope i have the opportunity to pay tribute to my furbabies in such a beautiful way!

  148. AB Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love Crystal’s work and own 2 originals of my own, but they are older pieces so are not signed with the El Gato signature. Would love to meet her in person one day. Attending my first Modernism Week in Palm Springs next week and am so excited! Will see Shag there but wish Ms. Gomez was also attending.

    A huge fan!!

  149. Michael E Sweetman Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Born mid century, live mid century and will die mid century. Have some El Gato Gomez and will take more El Gato Gomez.

  150. Daniel Skinner Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    My tuxedo cats and I LOVE el Gato!!!

  151. Kelli Marie Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Cats and Mid-Century?! Count me in!!!

  152. Anonymous Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    YAY! I would love to win an El Gato!! Love her work!

  153. Lynsie Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I love El Gato’s work! Would be awesome to win one 🙂

  154. Ellie Clinton Issa Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This is my first time seeing the work of this fantastic artist! I’d love to win one of her paintings!

  155. Alejandro Delgado Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I enjoy so much her work! It reminds me so many good things from my childhood.

  156. Mia Chaveco Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I would be an incredibly grateful hep cat if I win! My best friend gave us two of el gato gomez’s paintings for christmas and I am loving them! They make me happy!

  157. Misty Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    El Gato is the bees knees! I’d give anything to have that hanging in my living room!

  158. Denise Benson Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I love El Gatos unique style and creative
    art…. It’s on my birthday wish list 🙂

  159. Dana Pottratz Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I have just discovered El Gato Gomez thanks to you at No Pattern Required. Absolutely fabulous, and so Jetsons to boot. Would look great in my Mid-century living room above my tweed sofa. And my cat Kali would love it too (although she’s black AND white!)

  160. Robert Saint John Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    My wife and I are huge fans of EGG and bought each other a number of paintings for Christmas (in fact, one of those featured above)! She has her finger on the pulse of a number of retro styles, and is completely unique in comparison to other artists who specialize in this. The quality, variety and exceptional pricing and service make these works an incredible value. Can’t wait to get more!

  161. Christina Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    All of the works are so gorgeous. It’s hard to chose a favorite.

  162. Sue Hauck Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I too, am a mid century modern lover. I have always loved Shag, but just recently,found El Gato Gomez! Love her work, I can’t express it enough! I’m hoping to win the piece, but if I don’t, I’m sure it will blow the person away who does. Good luck to us all!

  163. Gabrielle Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Ooooooh, I love her stuff! And especially the black cat. I’d love to win! 🙂

  164. Sarah Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Pick me! We’re moving to the suburbs from Chicago in May, and I’ll need something to lift my spirits at the new place.

  165. Melissa M Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Since this appears to be a painting of my deceased gato, Scurvy, I’d love to have it in my home!

  166. SusanD Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What a fun print! Of course the black cat totally make the whole picture 🙂 (having 12 cats, I’m partial…)

    This would be a lovely – and fun – addition to mid-century decorating! Would love to win 🙂

  167. TraceyMc Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Love, Love, Love El Gato Gomez! Own a 1957 MCM Ranch and would love to add to our existing little gallery of 8 El Gato Gomez paintings!

    Thanks to No pattern required, what fun!

  168. Alison Roth Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Love El Gato Gomez 🙂 Adore this genre of style and all things CATS – my dream is to redo the 1958 midcentury ranch I live in to a recreated glory – and adorn it with the puuurrrrfect pictures such as this fine example.

  169. Hepcat Restorations Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I would love to own a piece of El Gato Gomez and have the perfect way to showcase it. I’ve had an empty Carlo of Hollywood frame for years waiting for the just the right piece of artwork. It’s 12×16 and it’s a reversed forced perspective frame so the 1 1/2″ thickness would fit perfectly!!!

  170. Shelly D Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Love these retro paintings! I hope I win!

  171. Lisa Pill-Simon Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Came across El Gato Gomez on Facebook and have been a HUGE fan ever since! As a fellow artist, retro, MCM lover, I feel she and I have much in common…like she’s a sister from another mother! 😉
    I am CRAZY about her work, and hope to be a proud owner one of these days!

  172. Elise Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    There’s very little more refined or classier than a green-eyed black cat. Your paintings are gorgeous, and one day, I’ll hope to own several to grace my walls!

  173. Megan Reply

    February 8, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’d love to win this lovely painting! I’ve been admiring El Gato Gomez’s work for awhile!

  174. Julie Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Wow! We are new to MCM and you were such a fun find! We are slowly restoring a 1957 ranch in the Chicago suburbs to glorify its original splendor. Previous owners built a stand-alone art wall 6′ x 7′ with spot lights shining down. It is waiting for a tenant 🙂 Your sense of whimsy and capturing the playful spirit of the post-war 50s and 60s is hypnotizing…..and I want to see MORE! We would be honored to display your art in our home. Thank you for the consideration!

  175. Jane Kintz Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    This painting would look FAB in my mid-century inspired, designed by me, International Style home and Bed & Breakfast! My gray kitty, Gladys would luv it! Check out my website: http://www.rembrandtandrutabagas.com to see what I’m talking about!

  176. Heather Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Love the black cats!

  177. Saskia (1=2) Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Lovely post, lovely paintings. The person who wins this will be one lucky cat.

  178. Michele Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    It is nice to find another artist working in the Retro Mid Century Modern style in addition to SHAG, whose work I love. These pieces are creative and whimsical! I would love to have one in my own MCM home!

  179. Dawn Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Her work is amazing! I was very surprised when I saw one of her paintings to learn that it was new work and not vintage. We will certainly have at least one of her works in the collection soon…actually, this one would look awesome in the house!

  180. Penny Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Groovy,man! I really DIG it! I might have to buy a couple of these for my ” new-old” place!

  181. Jill Thixton Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Huge fan! Beautiful work and such a fun site to stumble upon!

  182. Jen Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Great post—I love reading about the inspirations and thoughts of other artists. Her work is just so, so cool! I’d love one of her pieces in my home, too—Hubby is, right now, peeking over my shoulder going, “Wow, cool, she’s a painter after your own evil heart.” ;P Thanks for the opportunity!

  183. Jan Reply

    February 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I’m currently replacing art work throughout my home with MC originals and MCM inspired pieces. An El Gato Gomez would be a most welcome addition!

  184. Terri Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I love this art! So does my black cat! When I lived in California, I would visit Disneyland often, and my favorite was Tomorrowland. My parents bought a house in 1963 and I grew up with the memories that are captured in these paintings. They touch my heart, and would look so great over the 1962 sofa we just purchased. Thank you for sharing your story!

  185. Dea Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Love these Painting’s so glad I found this site a lot of interesting information. It took me down memory lane. Thank You

  186. Julie Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I first saw her work on your blog and I’ve been stalking her ebay auctions ever since, having one to call my very own would make my month!

  187. Darren Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    This El Gato Gomez artwork would be a great addition to my home. Excellent!!

  188. Elizabeth Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve been interested in El Gato Gomez’s work since hearing her being interviewed on a lounge music podcast, and would love to hang this painting in my mid-century apartment!

  189. Angelia Reply

    February 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I love this! I wish my livingroom was as awesome as that one

  190. Debbie Reply

    February 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I’m slowly but surely turning my home into the house of my childhood of the 50’s. It’s such a comfortable feeling being surrounded with familiar things that have sentimental value. I know your art would feel right at home here.

  191. Pat K. Reply

    February 12, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    So who was the lucky recipient???

  192. Scott A Reply

    February 13, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Nooooooooo! Discovered your site a day too late!

  193. DaveF Reply

    November 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

    What an artist, Love the retro style, such a talent

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