Emerging Artist | Adam Licsko

Red Hills by Adam Licsko

By Bonnie Gangelhoff

At 31, Californian Adam Licsko is an inventor, writer, and landscape painter. While the multi-talented Licsko is eying patents and has a proposal for a reality television series in the works, these days painting remains one of his deepest passions.

“I have a sketchbook with me 24 hours a day, and I sleep with it at my side in case I get ideas in the middle of the night,” he says. A former landscape designer, he was sidelined for two months with a spinal injury, during which time he drew and painted—activities he had enjoyed as a youngster. Since 2000, he has pursued fine art full-time, painting bold, abstract landscape works inspired by the natural beauty of the Golden State.

Licsko favors the landscape as subject matter for several reasons. First, depicting various terrains allows him to explore color. And when he focuses on landscapes, he is addressing a growing concern: “Our world is changing, and our environment is going to be the most important topic in the world in the next 100 years,” he believes. “I am not that political or necessarily an environmentalist, but I do want to be able to get people to notice what’s happening and make an emotional connection with the world we live in.” Licsko is represented by Vault Gallery, Cambria, CA; Gallery Primavera, Ojai, CA; Phillips Gallery of Fine Art, San Jose, CA; Wyland Galleries, Santa Barbara, CA; and Guzman & Reich Fine Art Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Featured in “Artists to Watch” October 2006