VIVA Gallery

VIVA Gallery

Martina Hoffmann, Robert Venosa, and Pascal Ferry are artists belonging to an artistic movement born at the dawn of humanity.

This type of art has spanned the ages from ancient cave paintings to the present day.

One of its remarkable traits is the artists' attempt to depict their confrontation with dimensions that are generally out of human comprehensive reach. This has resulted in dream and vision-like images and sculptures depicting beings, half human-half animal, shapeshifting 'shamans' and therianthropes, otherworldly and often larger-than-life entities' energy patterns such as snakelike patterns and spirals.

In the first human artistic expressions, there seems to be a connection between the state of shamanic trance and artistic creation. Some scholars suggest that the shaman and the artist may have been the same.

 

This indicates a powerful connection between artistic creation and the mystical experience, a connection that has always been particularly vivid in indigenous cultures and produced art that often depicts an animistic worldview and attempts to express expanded states of consciousness.

 

From the first known depictions of cave art to contemporary artists creating in this way, their art is often being named by the very vast and general term 'Visionary'. In our view, this is not a distinct school of art but rather a current that has expressed itself through individual artists belonging to many different art movements and schools throughout the ages, the binding factor being that the artist expresses and honors the value of the spiritual dimension in life and art.

Through the ages, from early cave art to works by mystics and visionaries such as Hildegard von Bingen, Hieronymus Bosh William Blake, Gustave Moreau, Pavel Tchelitchew, Ernst Fuchs, Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa, and Alex Grey, only to mention a very few, the search for spirit, depictions of their inner planes and the connection to spirit has been at the heart of their creations. And we, the living artists of VIVA, Martina Hoffmann and Pascal Ferry, are proud to also perpetuate this lineage.

 

During the 20th century, the political, cultural, and spiritual revolution of the 1960s can be seen as an important event that stimulated interest in "visionary art" and created its renaissance. With the emergence in the 21st century of research into the benefits and legalization of psychedelics, the doors to art galleries and events celebrating the new expression of a particular (visionary) art, inspired by entheogens, have opened further.

Our current perpetual, rapid global changes have forced the world community to face many ecological, societal, economic, and political problems and brought about a dramatic shift in consciousness that embraces the idea of an interconnected and interdependent global humanity. This has also opened our minds to look for solutions beyond a materialistic worldwide and to embrace a more holistic angle that includes states of expanded consciousness and the possibilities that lay beyond our day-to-day reality.

The visionary art of these 3 artists, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, and Pascal Ferry whom you will now meet, tends to reflect this new consciousness.