Robert Venosa is now internationally recognized as one of the outstanding masters of "Fantastic" art, with his work being exhibited worldwide. But, as the following excerpt from Noospheres relates, the artist's struggle for recognition and reward can be long and frustratingly brutal.





"Ernst Fuchs once mentioned to me that it takes ten years for an artist - if worthy - to gain recognition. As I spent a good portion of my early years in Europe running from country to country, showing photos and originals to galleries, collectors and publishers, attempting self-promotion with dignity, and visualizing form and color while changing shitty diapers...with the landlord barking at the door, I understood what Fuchs meant. It was an incessant struggle, but slowly it showed results.
Hein Steehauer, Venosa. Amsterdam, 1976
My first painting sold in Europe was through Gallery Peitner-Lichtenfels in Vienna. It had been placed in the Gallery window and was bought the following day by a man who had seen the painting (Crucifixion) in his dreams and, upon waking, knew exactly where to find it! (That man, Dr. Lenz Moser of Austria's Moser Wines, was to be patron, friend and financial angel to me until his untimely death in 1975.) Exhibits in Basel and Munich followed, then in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Monaco and, in unquestionably the most beautiful setting one could wish for, the castle of Perelada, Spain.
Castillo de Perelada, Spain
These activities - from 1974 to 1981 - were accompanied by the publication of lithographs, posters, calendars, etc., and my first book, Manas Manna , all of which - contained within ten years - contributed to toning down the landlord's snarl. Fuchs's astute pronouncement was reflected in the smile of Sr. Pons as, finally, I handed him the rent on time."
Oliver Stone, Carlos Santana, Venosa. L.A., 1990





EXHIBITS

1972 - GALLERY 64, NEW YORK

1973 - GALERIE PEITNER-LICHTENFELS, VIENNA

1973 - KUNSTMESSE, BASEL

1974 - GALERIE EICHINGER - MUNICH

1975 - GALERIE GERARD SCHREINER, BASEL

1975 - KUNSTMESSE- BASEL

1976 - GALERIE D'HIVER - MONTE CARLO

1976 - GALERIA ALEMBIC, CADAQUES, SPAIN

1976 - GALERY HUSSTEGE, AMSTERDAM

1978 - MIRANDY GALLERY, LONDON

1979 - GALERIA SIRENA, CADAQUES

1980 - GOVINDA GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

1981 - CASTILLO de PERELADA, SPAIN

1982 - GALERIE HOFSTEE. FRANKFURT

1983 - SAL D'AMISTAD, CADAQUES

1983 - ART INTERNATIONAL, LOS ANGELES

1983 - ILLUMINARIUM, SAN FRANCISCO

1984 - GOVINDA GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

1985 - ART EXPO, LOS ANGELES

1985 - ILLUMINARIUM, SANTA MONICA

1985 - ARTTE GALLERY, CHICAGO

1986 - MARCUS GALLERY, LAS VEGAS

1986 - ART EXPO, LOS ANGELES

1987 - ISIS GALLERY, BEVERLY HILLS

1987 - ART EXPO. NEW YORK

1987 - GALLERY JESSEN, OSLO, NORWAY

1988 - GOVINDA GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

1989 - AMAZONIA GALLERY. SANTA MONICA

1990 - SCHMIDT COLLECTIVE. MUNICH

1991 - STAPLES GALLERY, LONDON

1992 - WALNUT GALLERY, SAN FRANCISCO

1993 - BRISTOL GALLERY, DENVER

1994 - NEVADA INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

1995 - BUSCH GALLERY, BOULDER, COLORADO

1995 - NYT ASPEKT, COPENHAGEN

1996 - GOVINDA GALLERY, WASHINGTON, D.C.

1997 - MORPHEUS GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

1997 - STUDIO 1818, DENVER, COLORADO

1997 - GALERIA CARLOS LOZANO, CADAQUES, SPAIN

1999 - DAVID HASLEM GALLERY, BOULDER, COLORADO





BIBLIOGRAPHY


EAST WEST JOURNAL, BOSTON

BRES MAGAZINE, HOLLAND - ART ARTICLE

MUNICH MONAT MAGAZINE - ART ARTICLE

PUNT DIARI NEWSPAPER, BARCELONA - ARTICLE

THE REVIEW, AUSTRALIA - ART ARTICLE

NEW LIFE MAGAZINE, ENGLAND - ART ARTICLE

HIGH TIMES MAGAZINE, NEW YORK - ART REPROS

FRANKFURT ALLEGEMAINE - ART ARTICLE

RUNDSCHAU NEWSPAPER, FRANKFURT - ARTICLE

LAS VEGAS SUN - ART ARTICLE

AVANT GARDE MAGAZINE - ART STORY

LA OPINION MAGAZINE, LOSANGELES- ARTICLE

OMNI MAGAZINE

-ART IN 16 ISSUES 1978 - 1995

-ARTICLE WITH ART - APRIL 1991

-COVER ART, NOVEMBER 1982

QUEST MAGAZINE, USA

-COVER ART, AUTUMN, 1993

-COVER ART, WINTER, 1993

-ART ARTICLE, SPRING, 1994

BOULDER WEEKLY - ART ARTICLE

NEW LIFE MAGAZINE, NEW YORK

-COVER ART, NOVEMBER, 1993

-COVER ART, MARCH, 1994

OKAY LA. LOSANGELES - ART ARTICLE

BOULDER CAMERA - ART ARTICLE

NYT ASPEKT, COPENHAGEN - COVER ART, 1997

BOULDER MAGAZINE - ART ARTICLE, SUMMER 1997

ULISES MAGAZINE, BARCELONA - COVER ART + ARTICLE, 1999

ETC.

KENNETH SAUNDERS SHOW, CBS TV

AUSTRIA 3 TV, VIENNA-INTERVIEW

'COSAS' TV BARCELONA INTERVIEW

DOSSIER, TVE BARCELONA-INTERVIEW

GRASSROOTS, TV ASPEN-INTERVIEW

LEFT BANK TV,BOULDER - INTERVIEW

VEGASCOPE, NBC TV- INTERVIEW

FANTASTICO, TVE MADRID - SET DESIGN

WGNU RADIO, BOULDER - INTERVIEW

SPIRITVIEW, TV DENVER -INTERVIEW

ECO, TV LOS ANGELES INTERVIEW

DIALOGS, TV BOULDER, INTERVIEW



MUSIC AND FILM

SANTANA - LOGO DESIGN

SANTANA 'ABRAXAS' - ALBUM COVER ART

SANTANA 'GOLDEN DREAMS- ALBUM COVER ART

SANTANA, 'GUTS & GRACE - COMPANY LOGO

KITARO 'MANDALA' ALBUM COVER ART

DOUBLE DOSE 'SENSE OF SPIRIT' ALBUM COVER ART

'KAHLIL GIBRAN, APHORISMS' - BOOK COVER ART

'FIREBIRD', AVON BOOKS- COVER ART

'DUNE' PARAMOUNT- CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

'FIRE IN THE SKY', PARAMOUNT - CONCEPTUAL DESIGN

'RACE FOR ATLANTIS', IMAX- CONCEPTUAL DESIGN



BOOKS AND ART PRINTS

'MANAS MANNA', BIG O, LONDON, 1988

'NOOSPHERES', POMEGRANATE, USA, 1991

'ONE SOURCE', MARKOWITZ, USA, 1997

'ILLUMINATUS', FINE ARTS PRESS, SIDNEY, 1999

ART COLLECTION PUBLISHING, MUNICH

BIG O PUBLISHING, LONDON

ARTTE PUBLISHING, CHICAGO

ROBERT JOHN LTD, BOULDER, COLORADO

POMEGRANATE, SAN FRANCISCO

ONE WORLD ARTS, BOULDER COLORADO



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