Giorgio Rocca was born in Udine on September 21, 1959.
He lives his childhood in Porpetto, in the province of Udine, in the countryside, up to 8 years.
“… in our home, art was breathed: both physically, with various hints of turpentine and varnish, and as an atmosphere, on wonderful art books, often in black and white or with saturated color photos but still fascinating, I discovered the art of Pisanello, with the vivid and crude representations of the life of the Renaissance, the disquieting Hieronymus Bosch, with his surreal visions of infernal beings, a book that I still jealously preserve, and of various other masters art …
… The room of my brothers was a magical place: with their walls completely painted with mythological scenes, the duel between Achilles and Hector on the background of the plain of Troy; flamenco dancers in flashy dresses engaged in swirling dances. Frescoed ceilings, using bold improvised wooden scaffolding, on which to climb and paint lying on the back, in the manner of the painters of the past. Subjects representing grotesque masks and putti in which I recognized the familiar faces of some friends and acquaintances … ” In 1968 the family moved to Turin.
From 1974 he attended the State Art High School “Renato Cottini”. Led by Maestro Luigi Delleani, who gives him the taste for classical painting, he is guided to the knowledge of the various techniques, in particular to the use of oil painting and veiling. He acheves the diploma of Artistic Maturity in 1978.
In 1979 he took part in the first group exhibitions of painting and graphics. He worked for a while as a graphic designer, doing some advertising work. “… As soon as I had the chance, I became part of that fascinating world of creativity, knowledge and artistic growth that was for me the” STUDY OF ARTISTIC RESEARCHES “, the first study of my brothers, Lucia and Luigi…” During this period of intense experimentation and research, he performed various studies and reproductions of classical works, especially Caravaggio and Salvador Dalì. It will then focus on the stylistic research of the great Flemish and Spanish painters of the seventeenth century, masters in the representation of “still life”, of which he appreciates and shares the minute precision of sign and careful realistic execution attentive to details.
He paints for several galleries and art dealers. Participates in some exhibitions both in Italy and abroad: with the exhibition “DETAILS”, in 2006, at the San Giorgio Gallery in Portofino Giorgio Rocca invites to discover his personal painting, in particular characterized from the somewhat rigorous description of compositions of remote and nostalgic memory, as can be seen in his paintings representing old “tin toys”, subjects already presented for the first time at the Melori & Rosenberg Gallery in Venice.
The same characters found in wooden sailing boats or in the chrome of old American cars of the ’50s: subject to which it is strongly linked, as if to recover substantially a world by now but still very fascinating and significant for him.
He currently lives and works in Turin.