About the Artist

Jack Artusio began drawing instinctively at 4 or 5. By Age 9 he was rendering landscapes in oils and watercolors. His formal training started at 12 when he was instructed to copy life-drawings of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Soon after he became immersed in the psychedelics, posters and album covers of the 1960s.Welcome to your site! This is your homepage, which is what most visitors will see when they come to your site for the first time.

While in high school, he won scholarships to the Los Angeles Art Center, before enrolling in numerous painting, life-drawing and art history classes at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo (Tishlini). He focused primarily on surrealism as well as the Northern Shamanic cave paintings of Northern Europe (which were also heavily influenced by powerful hallucinogens) but has since made the difficult transition to Non-Objective painting.

Since 2001 Mr. Artusio has been teaching abstract painting within the California Department of Corrections under the “Arts in Corrections” program.

Artist’s Statement

My approach to painting is to find a balance between accident and control. I make spontaneous markings and gestures, and simply edit out the undesirable and disagreeable ones in a push and pull process, according to the the principles of art.

I try to breath and relax into a more internal point of view and see what comes of it. To render the unmanifested, the mystical or other worldly has become my greatest artistic challenge and interest.I am guided by the words of Wassily Kandinsky:
“Every Artist who steeps himself in the spiritual possibilities of his art is a valuable helper in the building of the spiritual pyramid which will some day reach to heaven.”