Robert Venosa

-reflects on the shaman as artist-


The Fantastic Realism art of Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide

and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars and European aristocracy.


He studied painting technique with Mati Klarwein in New York, and Ernst Fuchs in Vienna, both of whom are proponents of the Misch Technique (also known as the Master's Technique) discovered by the seventeenth-century Flemish masters Hubert and Jan Van Eyck, which utilizes the system of painting in tempera and oil glazes.


This technique is perfect for painting the crystalline worlds that Venosa envisions: Light goes through the surface oil glazes, bounces off the white tempera underpainting and comes back out hitting the eye with the illusion of transparent depth.

“Robert Venosa’s art truly captures the imprint of a spiritual force,

each painting so alive, seeming to breathe, pulsate, and stare back

at you, challenging the viewer to also reach their highest potential.”
—Carlos Santana

As with most artists, Venosa took elements of what Fuchs and Klarwein

taught and added his own personal touch to arrive at a style, ever

evolving the uniqueness of his work.

His work has been greatly inspired by his experiences with entheogen

including ayahuasca which puts him at the forefront of Ayuhasca Visionary artists. Venosa passed away in 2011 at the age of 75, leaving his wife (and compainion artist) Martina Hoffmann, and us with his visionary visions of art.

Much of Venosa's work has been published in his books, Manas Manna, Noospheres, and most recently, Illuminatus, which features the text of Terence McKenna. His art can also be seen on a number of CD covers, including those of Santana, Kitaro, and Ornette Coleman.


  In honor of the great visionary artist:

January 21, 1936 - August 9, 2011