Salvador Dali – who for a while was a neighbor to Venosa – wrote: “Bravo Venosa! Dali is pleased to see spiritual madness painted with such a fine technique.”
Spot on, Dali! His outstanding capacity to portray seemingly otherworldly perceptions with such a fine technique is truly unique. Still today I cannot figure out a few aspects of his technique. For example, how did he create those long and fine lines in this artwork?
The image above was the starting point for one of my first large paintings:
Robert Venosa’s technical brilliance and creativity astounds me even today.
He sometimes used the hallucinogen Ayahuasca for inspiration. Rather than knowing pretty well how the painting would look like in the end, he had no clue and improvised from beginning to end.
It is amazing what fantastic artworks that can be created with just some black paper, white color, and simple tools like a palette knife:
Thank you for a great contribution to the art world, Robert Venosa. May you rest in peace.