It saddens me to share the news that Robert Venosa, one of the foremost masters of the visionary art movement, died on Tuesday, Aug. 9, marking the end of an eight-year journey with cancer. He was 75.
His wife, artist Martina Hoffman, asked me to write a tribute to him. It was the first obituary I've ever written- quite an honor.
The path of Venosa's rich and varied life brought him into contact with legends of the creative world; his list of friends and acquaintances included such names as Alan Watts, H.R. Giger, Timothy Leary and Miles Davis. Read more about his incredible life here. And, if you're curious for more, read the article I wrote on him earlier this year here. I believe it was the last interview he gave. Again, a huge honor.