“Venosa submerges into the cosmic mysteries and brings back fantastic visions dressed in the perfect and classic technique of a painter who completely masters his art.” – Jean ‘Moebius’ Girard
Robert Venosa (January 21, 1936 – August 9, 2011) was an American artist residing in Boulder, Colorado, USA. He studied with what are termed the New Masters. His artworks reside in collections around the world.
Robert Venosa has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in major collections, including those of noted museums, rock stars, and European aristocracy. In addition to painting, sculpting, and film design (pre-sketches and conceptual design for the movie Dune, and Fire in the Sky for Paramount Pictures, and the upcoming Race for Atlantis for IMAX), he has recently added computer art to his creative menu. His work has been the subject of three books, as well as being featured in numerous publications – most notably Omni magazine – and on a number of CD covers, including those of Kitarō and progressive metal band Cynic. He is a member of the Society for the Art of Imagination, Surreal Art Collective, and the Labyrinthe group.
He first studied under Mati Klarwein in New York. Venosa then went on to study with Ernst Fuchs in Vienna. In the early 1970s he moved to Cadaques, Spain. Here he met and befriended Salvador Dalí. He later introduced H. R. Giger to Dalí.
Venosa traveled the globe with his partner Martina Hoffmann, teaching their painting technique. The technique is a derivative of what Venosa learned from his teachers. His technique differs in the material used for the underpainting (caesin versus egg tempera) but largely follows the same processes.