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Luigi Rocca Paintings

by on January 22, 2013

Luigi Rocca was born in Porpetto, Italy in 1952.
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Luigi Rocca Biography:

Luigi Rocca, hyperrealist painter, was born in Porpetto near Udine, Italy. The second of three brothers, Luigi was born to Francesaca and Edgardo Rocca on December 26, 1952.

At the age of five Luigi skillfully used chalk in depicting those subjects that fascinated the eye and imagination of his childhood world. At that age he was described as Iaconic and reserved, avoiding games common to most children his age but those who knew him best refuted this description with reports of Luigi’s ability to create imaginative and unusual games with this playmates.

Painting, woodcarving, chalk drawing and clay modeling became Luigi’s playful passions up through the years to the beginning of secondary school where his artistic talents fused and combined with the scholastic to create pleasing and interesting glimpses into Luigi’s imagination. His school books and notebooks were always closely connected to his artistic activities. Those otherwise drab scholastic objects were given Luigi’s touch of imaginative beauty and originality with decorative and delightful images. It might be said that in those days his notebooks were ‘Customized’.

At the age of eight his father, an elementary teacher, was transferred to a new school in Trieste and the whole family followed. Every day Luigi had the beauty of the gulf and the quaint Karst scenery with its magnificent colors before his eyes. Perhaps it was these images that stimulated him as he transferred them on to his school work for years to come.

At thirteen he won first prize in an international painting competition for secondary school students held in Jesolo. It was his first success, an accomplishment that reinforced in him the idea of becoming a painter. Luigi was enrolled in the Academia Art School, one of the finest in Venice and found housing in a student hostel. This was a period of great artistic development. At sixteen figurative art became the object of his creations, but landscapes also fascinated him.

In 1980 Luigi decided that it was time that events that had allowed him to gain experience and maintain his lifestyle should come to a just end and that a new artistic cycle should begin. His vision was to take him to distant destinations, far from Europe. America beckoned to him. So without losing touch with his beloved realism, his work became more contemporary pushing him towards Pop Art, which had become the artistic expression of the moment with predominant consumerism becoming the phenomenon expressing economic and civil progress.

Critics appraised various exhibitions in France, Germany and Switzerland with keen interest. In subsequent years itinerant exhibitions on luxury cruise lines were organized for him by a good friend, mr. Giovanni Rosso. Outside Italy, exhibitions took place in Frankfurt am Main, Aachen and Cologne where the pictorial virtuosity and the creations of this young contemporary painter wholse works were inspired by the great masters of the past awakened particular interest and emotion. In Manaus, the state capital of the Amazon, upon the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and support of Brazilian authorities, a personal exhibition by Luigi obtained very favorable reviews.

Luigi learned much from his paternal grandfather who was an excellent photographer and brilliant creator of images. For the Hyperrealist artist a camera is a fundamental tool. Hyperrealism, the so-called Super Realism, became Luigi’s dream and goal.Luigi transferred the images and feeling onto canvas without the aid of sophisticated technological tools. He availed himself only of the photographic images he enlarged as much as possible in order to reveal their details. Those fine particulars normally overlooked by the human eye. The images had to be his creation. He enlarged the images only to reveal the lens’s magic perception. Luigi had already fixed the features and details of his subjects, their tones, forms and perspectives in his mind. In his creativity, fully preserving the images magically fixed in the photos. Images that were instrumental in highlighting every tiny detail that would otherwise be overlooked by the human eye.

Luigi Rocca, hyperrealist, offers that extra touch compared to the illustrious masters of Pop Art. That extra something is evident in Luigi’s work, that touch of European and Mediterranean Realism which captures the warmth and vivacious colors in Luigi’s creations.

In 2007, Luigi Rocca associated himself with the Arnot Gallery of New York for exclusive representation in the USA.

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ARTIST-CLIENT CHATS BOOST SALES:by Sarah Seamark of AWN magazine [press release December 2014]

Hyperrealist artist Luigi Rocca thrives on the feedback he receives from collectors of his paintings, finding inspiration for new work through these personal conversations. “They are always a source of new energy,” he says. Often he will relate the story of a particular painting because many times they reflect a memory of a special period of his life. They are emotional paintings to him. Typically, these conversations take place during his solo exhibitions at Arnot Gallery where Skype sessions are held between the gallery and Rocca’s studio in Italy. More recently, Vicki Arnot, co-owner with her husband Peter of Arnot Gallery in New York City, has arranged for Rocca to talk to individual collectors that own several of the artist’s works.

“There is no measurement of how important it is to have communication between an artist and their collectors,” says Mrs. Arnot. “But many of our clients feel that it makes the difference between buying and not buying the painting—knowing the person behind the easel. With any artwork there is always a sense of ‘What is it that connects me to this painting?’ I think this applies to a large percentage of collectors— communication makes such a difference.”  The artist doesn’t have to fly in. Skype works very well, she says, as they can see each other, and the collector can watch Luigi working on a painting as they talk. The artist also has made a video available where he displays his creative process as he puts the paint down on his palette, arranges his brushes, and proceeds to work on a painting in progress. “These personal touches,” Mrs. Arnot says, “make all the difference.”

To reach Arnot Gallery, call (212) 245-8287 or visit:
LUIGI ROCCA AT ARNOT GALLERY, by Sarah Seamark of AWN magazine [press release October 2014]

Arnot Gallery is introducing an entirely new body of work by Italian artist Luigi Rocca at its major New York exhibition entitled “Reality Bites,” opening on November 6. The artist himself will be available to talk to collectors and trade attendees who are present. “The addition of paintings focused on food to Luigi’s repertoire is exciting and fun,” says Vicki Arnot, co-owner with her husband Peter of the 57th Street gallery.

The series began with paintings of candy and gum-ball machine dispensers that received a great reaction. While on a four-week working trip in Europe this summer, Mrs. Arnot sold five of his paintings…..this new subject matter is really an extension of the hyperrealist painter’s series of American icons, including diners from an earlier time. “When that happened (the sales of his food-related paintings) I told him he needed to do more of them,” Mrs. Arnot recalls. The title of the exhibition “Reality Bites” is, of course, a play on words. Rocca is known for creating paintings that are so realistic viewers have been known to think they are photographs. Hence the word “Reality,” and “Bites” refers to the food. 

However, although these new paintings represent an important aspect of the show, the exhibition will represent a wide range of Rocca’s subject matter, including a painting titled “Intrepid” featuring the historic aircraft carrier, and another called “Marines,” of one of the jet fighters parked on the Intrepid’s deck. He painted these because he has been so moved by the current talk of terrorism and war, notes Mrs. Arnot. As an artist, he is also a social commentator—hence, a second play on the title of the exhibition, “Reality Bites.”

The exhibit will also feature paintings from Rocca’s personal collection that he is now making available for sale at Arnot Gallery, as well as a line of 18 limited edition giclée prints produced by the artist. Visit:  or call (212) 245-8287.




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