Jorge Cocco

Jorge Cocco

Jorge Cocco Santangelo is a fine artist in all the extent of the word. He is a self-taught artist with international recognition that has mastered various disciplines in the fine arts such as painting, sculpture, lithograph, etching, ceramic and washi zokey (art with hand-made paper).

His award winning work has been acquired by important collectors and exhibited in more than ten museums in Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, and the United States.  Cocco has been an art professor at Universidad de las Americas, in Puebla, Mexico, he has published five art textbooks and his artistic work has been published in diverse magazines and journals. Cocco has recently created a new line of artistic expression for sacred art combining it with cubism, hence the name “sacrocubism.”

“I create art that helps you access spiritual feelings.” - Jorge Cocco Santangelo

“The artist can better express an event with more liberty when he is not forced to represent things as the eye sees them, but as he perceives them.” Jorge Cocco Santangelo

Each style of art emphasizes a particular aspect of reality. In the case of this "post-cubist" series, landscape, objects and people are suggested vaguely, partly sacrificing the naturalism but putting composition, form, color, and harmony as priorities. The artist can better express all of these with more liberty when he is not forced to represent things as the eye sees them, but as he perceives them.  With the sacred, the event is more important than the details.

I chose to represent sacred scenes with some elements of the post-cubist style since we do not fully comprehend the ramifications and the depth of every teaching of the Savior. Beyond the actual miracle, there was always one or more hidden teachings. In cubism, beyond the obvious, other aesthetic experiences can also be discovered, and even when sometimes these are not realized consciously, they are perceived spiritually. Take music, for instance, which is abstract to the mind; in a hymn the lyrics delivers a message, but the melody touches other fibers of the soul. In art, color and form act independently from the theme.

The selection of the composition, the lines, planes, and colors is not arbitrary either, but they must be congruent with the image depicted. In other words, 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.