JORGE COCCO: NEW PIECES, NEW INSPIRATION
In 2015, the church discovered 80 year old master artist from Argentina, Jorge Cocco, when he entered his piece, “The Call” into their international art competition. He uses his unique approach to show us a new perspective on the Gospel of Jesus Christ using bright colors, sacrocubism and technical mastery. He explains, “I don’t add anything to the painting just because it looks nice, but every stroke, line and color are deliberately placed to express the theme.”
New Pieces of LDS Art
Jorge has several new pieces of art that we want to showcase. Here are a few of our favorites!
Fear Not, It is I by Jorge Cocco
thy will be done by jorge cocco
As you can see by these new images, Jorge Cocco is in the height of his career and is still turning out masterpiece after masterpiece.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints acquired 21 original pieces of art from Jorge Cocco and put them up for all to see in a 5 month-long exhibit last year in Salt Lake City. Featured as one of the pieces in that exhibit, was his work, “The Call”.
The tempest - Peace, be still by jorge cocco
Another one of his most popular pieces is, “The Tempest - Peace Be Still.” He gained more exposure and popularity as he entered this one into the Mormon Arts Festival last year in New York. Jorge says of this piece:
“In this scene, the drama is transmitted through the absence of pure and bright colors. I constrained myself to paint with a pallet of dark tones and a limited variety of colors to cover all elements and figures, it is truly a monochromatic painting. The ship, the sea, the sky, the clothing of Jesus, they all have the same colors and tones. The Lord, solemn and powerful stands out before the only stroke of light."
"Practically he is the only structure who maintains a vertical position, his rope in the wind and his arm advancing forward in diagonal commanding peace and calm. The remainder of the space is agitated by waving and broken lines in a subjective disorder. The three disciples are forming a triangle, and while two of them rely in their human efforts, oblivious of the miracle that is about to happen, the third disciple is already turning to observe the Lord of heaven and sea.”
The first vision by jorge cocco
Jorge Cocco explains his painting, The First Vision:
“Our Western culture has conditioned us, both in the reading of texts and in the perception of images, to initiate the observation preferentially from top to bottom and from left to right (see the use of the capital letter which is often larger and decorated in any written material.) Precisely from the upper left corner, I have moved a descending virtual diagonal from heavens to the earth positioning first the figure of the Father, who makes the pass with his hand to the hand of the Lord Jesus Christ who in turn directs our sight with his hand to the young Joseph, who is located in the lower right area. This is a suggestion of transmission of glory, authority, responsibility or power passing symbolically from the Father to the Son, and from Him to Joseph.”
Missed his exhibit in downtown Salt Lake last year? There is another opportunity to view his art in person! The exhibit at BYU-Idaho, Jorge Cocco Santángelo: Sacred Events from the Life of Christ, will be starting April 4, 2019.