Gallery review page of original visionary surrealism oil paintings... scroll down for bio.


DIMENSIONAL TRADE ROUTES OF THE ANCIENTS - oil - 24" x 36"


THE COBBLESTONE LIGHTHOUSE - oil - 24" X 36"


ELYSIUM - oil - 24" x 36"


THE KING - oil - 24" x 36"


THEN CAME MAN - oil - 24" x 36"


LADYSCAPE II - oil - 24" x 36"


BIRTH OF VENUS - oil - 24" x 36"


TOTEMS - oil - 24" x 36"


UNDER A DESERT OASIS - oil - 24" x 36"


THE REFLECTION - oil - 24" x 36"


SAILING INTO THE NIGHT - oil - 24" x 36"


THE HANGING GARDENS - oil - 24" x 36"


THE ABANDONED CITY - oil - 24" x 36"


RUINS AT THE BASE OF THE FALLS - oil - 24" x 36"


BIRTH OF THE CITIES - oil - 24" x 36"


SPIRES TO THE SKY - oil - 24" x 36"


RIVER OF TEARS - oil - 24" x 36"


CLOUD FALLS - oil - 24" x 36"


THE BRIDGE - oil - 24" x 36"


NEVERMORE - oil - 24" x 36"


TRANSPLANETATION - oil - 24" x 36"


TARZAN'S EDEN - oil - 24" x 36"


THE NEXT FOUR BILLION YEARS - oil - 32" x 48"


IN THE FOREST - oil - 24" x 36"


ASCENSION - oil - 36" x 24"


THE IMPERSONATION - oil - 36" x 24"


NATURE'S GAMES - oil - 36" x 24"


DECIDUOUS TRANSITION - oil - 32" x 48"


SPIRITUAL WATERS - oil - 24" x 36"


THE CRACKED SKY - oil - 24" x 36"


ECOSYSTEM I - oil - 24" x 36"


THE RHYTHM - oil - 40" x 60"


SEA, SAND & SKIN - oil - 24" x 36"


CAMOUFLAGE - acrylic - 24" x 36"


THE TURQUOISE CASTLE - oil - 24" x 36"


WEAVER OF LANDSCAPES - oil - 24" x 30"

Michael Csontos bio...

Born February 2, 1951 - Manhattan, NY

Within a few months after I came into this world my family moved to a 300 acre farm in upstate New York. Nothing better could of ever happened to my childhood. I will be eternally grateful to my Dad for wanting to make that move. I explored every nook and cranny of the forest and could actually sit so still animals could come right up to me and not even know I was there, until I started laughing.

Even though I was always actively involved in art my formal art education did not begin until I was 16. Unfortunately being brought up in the country, institutions for art training did not exist. So I had to improvise and use the margins and back pages of my notebooks for my art lessons. More then once I was told, that artwork should not be done unless I was completely finished with class work. Where in actuality I would make sure the art was done before the class work would even get started. You have to categorize your priorities for stress relief.

From 1967 to 1970 I had two years of architectural and mechanical drawing and one year of geometrical and technical design study. I still use that knowledge to this day as I occasionally design and make furniture as a diversion.

From 1971 to 1976 I moved to the Schenectady area and studied various forms of linear design, light and shade, composition and other aspects of fine art. I took all the art curriculum at the local community college except for history of art. I did scan the book in the college bookstore and came up with my own opinion that it was too opinionated. Thinking that art is doing not criticizing. And who really knows what is in the mind of an artist. Especially dead artists.

From 1975 to 1976 I also took professional lessons at this time and studied live models.

I had a few shows in the area and approached some galleries and small museums

In 1976 I got the itch to move to the Arizona weather as I continued with art shows. As I traveled through the southwest I visited dozens of galleries. I realized that most of the art in these galleries had a prevalence for cowboys, indians and cactus. I had no intention of becoming another cowboy artist so I did extensive research for my style and eventually I had several paintings reproduced by lithography companies for posters and lithographs for national distribution.

In 1977 I was asked to do a series of furniture illustrations for a company's brochure. Then the print shop that was going to do the printing for the brochure asked me to do the layout of the brochure as well. That one job sparked 35 years of freelancing as a commercial artist and illustrator. This in turn gave me the time and freedom to do and develop my own style of fine art painting. As time went on the two interests merged and brought many illustration jobs to my studio.

In 1978 I was inspired to do a painting (which I titled "The Illusion of Susan"). It was my first piece that I did with a spontaneous wash technique. I took almost five years of refining this style to get to the point where I was satisfied with the technique. At that time I started to produce paintings for the future book, "The Perceptions of Michael Csontos". The painting "The Reflection" was the first painting I did with the conscious effort of creating paintings for the book. After I had enough paintings to satisfactorily fill the book with images that I felt had merit (which took almost 30 years) I decided to write another book (The Art of Visualizing Black & White) which explains how I see the images that develop in my work.

In that 30 year period I previously mentioned I also did numerous other styles (and hundreds of paintings including: fantasy, science fiction, landscapes, portraits, plein air and others) which helped me gain a wealth of experience. To this day I continue to use a spontaneous imaging technique as I feel it is an excellent way at visualizing the compositions.

In 2014 I finished and published book number three, which is 50 oil paintings and 87 inkings and titled "Perceptions II". In 2015 I finished and published book number four titled "Perceptions III". It is composed entirely of black and white illustrations based on my visualizing technique. "Perceptions III" is to show the wealth of ideas that can be created from the mind's eye.

Contact:

Michael Csontos
7055 Bridle Path
Prescott, Arizona 86305

tel: (928) 445-1132

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