Portrait of  Underground Cartoonist Victor Moscoso

Happy Birthday to Underground Comix Legend, Victor Moscoso, August 2

So, according to facebook, today August 2nd is the Birthday of Underground Comix Legend Victor Moscoso? However, according to "victormoscoso.com" his Birthday was July 28th? So, not sure which, all I know is that his work is incredible, so I'm just gonna wish Victor a Happy Birthday right now, today! Yep!

"Born in Spain, Victor Moscoso was the first of the rock poster artists with serious academic training and experience. After studying art at Cooper Union in New York City and at Yale University, he moved to San Francisco in 1959. There, he attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he eventually became an instructor. At the dances at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, Moscoso saw rock posters and decided that he could "make some money doing posters for those guys." In 1966, he began designing posters for the Family Dog and for the Avalon Ballroom. Under his own imprint, Neon Rose, he did a series for Matrix, a local nightspot. Professional lightning struck in the form of the psychedelic rock and roll poster for the San Francisco "Hippy" dance halls and clubs. Moscoso's posters for the Family Dog dance-concerts at the Avalon Ballroom and his Neon Rose posters for the Matrix were to bring his work international attention in the "Summer of Love", 1967."

"Within a year lightning would strike again in the form of Underground Comix. As one of the original Zap Comix Artists, Moscoso's work, once again received international attention. Moscoso's comix and poster work has continued up to the present and includes album covers for musicians such as Jerry Garcia, Bob Wier, Herbie Hancock, and David Grisman, t-shirts, billboards, animated commercials for radio stations (for which he received 2 CLIO's) and more."

"Moscoso's style is most notable for its visual intensity, which was obtained by manipulating form and color to create optical effects. Moscoso's use of contrasting colors and vibrating edges was influenced by painter Josef Albers, his teacher at Yale. Given Moscoso's sophistication, is it not surprising that he was the first of the rock poster artists to use photographic collage. He used clashing, vibrating colors and deliberately illegible psychedelic lettering to demand attention.."

I was thrilled to be able to travel up to Victors studio in Northern California, and make this "in studio portrait" for "The Artist Within".

You can see more of Victor's work here:


and you can see more portraits from both Artist Within books, , here:


art © Victor Moscoso

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Happy Birthday to Underground Comix Legend, Victor Moscoso, August 2