Robert Katona is an American artist and innovator of the Flow Painting technique. Born in Ohio in 1947, his family moved to Colorado in 1948. The product of an experiment in child development, a blackboard and chalk were placed next to his crib when he was two years old, and he began to draw. His father, Arthur Katona, a PhD of Sociology, wanted to measure the effects of early exposure to art and learning.

Growing up in a stimulating family, he evolved quickly as an artist and began painting full time after attending the University of Colorado. He first developed a realistic technique by working from old masters and depicting still lifes. While experimenting with abstract art, he discovered flow painting.

His method uses liquid acrylic poured onto canvas, creating a dynamic expanding composition. When the paint is dry, Katona studies the colorfield and looks for shapes and images that suggest a theme. He then paints these visions into the background with startling precision. “I’m looking for magic and transformation,” he says. When viewing the art it may take several minutes, or even several viewings to find the images and overall impact of the work.

Based in New York for seven years, he created a form of computer art, Techism, with colored plexiglass and electronics. He is a falconer and the first artist in North America to paint falconry art.  His knowledge of birds of prey has led to illustration contributions to the Raptor Research Foundation, the Peregrine Fund, and the North American Falconry Association.

Angus Cameron of Alfred Knopf publishing described the pencil drawings for the book, GOLDEN EAGLE COUNTRY, as "stunning and sensationally beautiful." Barbara Haddad of the Denver Post wrote of his "remarkable drawing done with an incredibly sensitive hand."

Elizabeth Exler of Manhattan Arts reviewed COMPUTERWORKS as an "incredibly thought - provoking exhibition, and each work is as fascinating as the next." Ed McCormack of New York Artspeak described TECHISM: Art of the 21st Century as a "dazzling, highly entertaining solo exhibition that creates metaphors for the technological dilemma of computerized civilization."

His versatility as an artist has gained Katona a worldwide reputation, including an award from the Society of Illustrators in New York for his work in GOLDEN EAGLE COUNTRY. His art appears in collections: Willie Nelson, John Denver, former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, The Air Force Academy, and the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, and in museums: Museum of Art Munich, Taipei Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island N.Y., Museum of Wildlife Art Jackson, Wyoming, and the Biennial in Barcelona, Spain. Katona lives with his wife and two children in Colorado.


WORLD BIRD OF PREY CENTER, One-man show, 2012, Boise, Idaho
NICKLEBY’S.COM, First One-man Show online by an artist: Rockstars, 2002, Wheatridge, Colorado
CHABOT GALLERY, One-man Show 1993, Denver, Colorado
FILLMORE PLAZA GALLERY, One-man Show 1993, Denver, Colorado
GALLERY ONE, One-man Show 1992, Denver, Colorado
FRIESEN GALLERY, One-man Show 1992, Sun Valley, Idaho
CITY WITHOUT WALLS GALLERY, “Techno Gods” 1992, Newark, New Jersey
MONTSERRAT GALLERY, One-man Show, 1991, Computerworks, New York, N.Y.
C. ANTHONY GALLERY, One-man Show 1991, San Jose, California
THE BREA GALLERY, One-man Show 1991, Brea, California
GALLERY ONE, One-man Show 1991, Denver, Colorado
LIONSHEAD GALLERY, One-man Show 1991, Vail, Colorado
ASPEN GROVE FINE ARTS, One-man Show 1990, Aspen, Colorado
THE BREA GALLERY, One-man Show 1990, Brea, California
NEW YORKERS IN BARCELONA 1990, Barcelona, Spain
MONTSERRAT GALLERY, One-man Show, 1990, New York, N.Y.
C. ANTHONY GALLERY, One-man Show 1990, Dallas, Texas
GALLERY ONE, One-man Show 1990, Denver, Colorado
MONTSERRAT GALLERY, “Starting the 90’s”, “The Soho 90’s”, 1990, New York, N.Y.
FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF LONG ISLAND, “On the Cutting Edge”, 1989, New York, N.Y.
HELIO GALLERIES, “Abstractions”, 1989, New York, N.Y.
GRACE HARKIN GALLERY, “Legends Now”, “Art on the Run”, “Critics/Collectors Cache” 1989, “The Christmas Show”, “Current America”, 1988, New York, N.Y.
FRIESEN GALLERY, One-man Show 1989, Sun Valley, Idaho
JILL VICKERS GALLERY, One-man Show 1987, Vail, Colorado
WEXLER GALLERY, “Light and Illusion” 1986, New York, N.Y.
GROLLA D’ORO INTERNATIONAL, 1982, 1986, Treviso, Italy
ARABIAN INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION, 1982-1985, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Dubai
GALLERY ONE, One-man Shows 1985, Denver, Vail, Colorado
TAIPEI MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, “International Print Exhibit 1983”, China
SALMAGUNDI CLUB, 6th National Exhibition 1983, New York, N.Y.
VALHALLA GALLERY, One-man Show 1980, Wichita, Kansas
MUNICH MUSEUM OF ART, Art Exhibition 1981, 1982 West Germany
UNION ART GALLERY, One-man Show 1979, San Francisco, California
CARSON GALLERY, 1977 - 1979, Denver, Colorado
DENVER ART MUSEUM, Denver Metropolitan 1973 - 1974, 1st Colorado Biennial 1972, Own your Own, 1968, Denver, Colorado


ENTER THE REALM OF THE GOLDEN EAGLE, David Ellis, Wildlife book, Hancock House Publishers, 2013, 26 drawings
PEREGRINE FALCON, Jim Enderson, Wildlife book, University of Texas Press, 2005, 24 drawings
GOLDEN EAGLE COUNTRY, Richard Olendorff, Wildlife book, Alfred Knopf, 1975, 39 drawings
WALK WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, Frances Hamerstrom, Children’s Book, Crossing Press, 1975, 27 Drawings
AMERICAN ARTISTS OF RENOWN, 1981, 1982 Wilson Publishing
SOUTHWEST ART, Feature Article, July, 1978
19th ILLUSTRATORS ANNUAL, 1976 - 1977


National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming
World Center for Birds of Prey, Boise, Idaho
Golden History Museum, Golden, Colorado
Sohio Petroleum Corp., Rocky Mountain Division, Denver, Colorado
Morrison-Knudsen International Inc., Boise, Idaho
Amerada Hess Corporation, Houston, Texas
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Radice Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Security Life Insurance Co., Denver, Colorado
Willie Nelson, Austin, Texas
John Denver, Aspen, Colorado
U.S. Senator Gary Hart, Colorado
Roger Miller, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Royal Family of Saudi Arabia
H. H. Shaikh Sulman Al-Khalifa, Emir of Bahrain
H. E. Shaikh Hamed Al-Khalifa, Heir Apparent
Count Uberto Caproni, Milan, Italy
Lorant de Bastyai, London, England
James T. Ross, Zurich, Switzerland
Shunichi Yamazake, Osaka, Japan
Kondos & Kondos, Attorneys at Law, Houston, Texas
Lemon Saks, Denver, Colorado
Herb and Barbara Dernam, New York, N.Y.
Isabelle Harris, New York, N.Y.
Miriam Rogers, Houston, Texas


FIRST PRIZE GRAPHICS, Grolla D’Oro International 1982, Treviso, Italy
SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS, New York, N.Y., “Golden Eagle Country” book, 1976
JENKINS AWARD, Two-time winner, Gilpin County Arts Assoc., 1970, 1974

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