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Mangrove art by Francisco Rocca

Painter, engraver, and printmaker Francisco Rocca is Colombian-born, from Bogota, studying Fine Arts Studies at the National University of Bogota. He has lived in Paris since 1972, and taught engraving at the American Parsons School of Design in Paris from 1996-2012. 

He says he was inspired to work on the theme of mangroves … ‘All these roots buried in the water emerging in search of the light create a tangle of invasive aerial and uncontrollable lines in an unfinished natural profusion.’

Ramon Cote Baraibar wrote of Francisco Rocca’s works, ‘For Francisco Rocca, the warm colours and shapes that are sometimes realistic, sometimes fleeting, express the solitude, the sensuality, and the tension of the encounter that leads to love. This mark of sensuality is also contained in objects of everyday life, because the passion of desire seems to be a common thread of its aesthetic construction.’

Francisco Rocca’s current works on mangroves are exhibited at the JGC-Contemporary Engraving exhibition in the town hall of the 6th arrondissement of Paris from 8 February to 1 March 2023, with about 40 other artists. He became a member of the JGC-Contemporary Engravers in 2013.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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