Born in Viña del Mar, Chile, city in which he has his artistic and professional formation.
He developed drawing and watercolor from an early age. Around the age of 15, he began accompanying Luis Vicencio Fiedler, one of the main watercolorists of that time, and some watercolor painters who practiced "in situ" painting in sectors of Valparaiso and rural areas. From that moment on, he maintained his interest and passion for the "water" technique, which he would continue to develop in later years.
He also studied drawing at the School of Fine Arts in Viña del Mar, and was trained as an architect at the Catholic University of Valparaiso. In that school of Architecture, the observation of the city and the experience through the sketch was considered of greater relevance, as well as the importance of Poetry, considered as the art capable of anticipating and opening new worlds.
In this way, during his stay at the School of Architecture, he maintained a continuous discipline of urban drawing and reflection on the City, which would later contribute to shaping a vision of the city and the interpretation of the urban landscape through watercolors.
In this tradition of watercolorists, the "transparency of color" and the idea of " and the idea of "synthesis" appear as an essential value, which seeks to capture in a few features, but with precision, the beauty or uniqueness of a landscape or an "instant".
In Gonzalo Vargas' watercolor, these elements, typical of the traditional school, are present, but also the search and exploration of new tools and a more contemporary language to freely express the themes of the
City of Iquique, Chile