Robert Venosa was an influential painter developing the styles of fantastic realism and visionary art. From a young age Robert was attracted to painting and drawing and other forms of artistic expression. He found inspiration in many images from his youth and from the emerging psychedelic culture of the 1960’s and 70’s. He says, “Anything artistic has always been an allurement and inspirational force for me, starting with the early, great Disney classics, through the revolutionary psychedelic poster art of the ‘60’s, discovering Dali and the Fantastic/Visionary artists, but most of all, through LSD, which awakened my spirit to the dormant creative power that awaited within, allowing me the vision to see the higher levels of art and my potential for creating it as well.”
Robert Venosa was a counter culture artist because of his teachers, the people he met and the meaning reflected through his art. He was a part of a cultural revolution and an exciting scene of artists, musicians, and intellectuals from the 60’s until his death. When asked what being an artist means he replied, “It means belonging to a unique, exciting gang of outlaws. It will always be the explorers, artists, poets, curious intellectuals, musicians, and all the other existential samurai who are creatively courageous, who desire to advance their yearnings for higher truth, and who will take the leap of faith into the unknown."
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