The paintings shown
are from a new series of work in which I respond to the canvas, or
paper in more of an open, subconscious manner; in the belief that this
results in a more collective, universal appeal. After this stage of
the work I compose or see a “rational” composition around the work;
this being lead by the primary, more fluid movement. Finally I use
color to evoke emotion, often in saturated hues, glazed over the
Prior to this, my work was more preconceived in terms of composition,
color, values, brushing, and other formal attributes. It was in fact a
lot more minimal and reductive. Both former, and present works are
created in the manner of art for it’s own sake. The paintings here
involve a pursuit for the reconciliation of opposites, unification
with experience, and the search for a transcendent nature. They are
created as contemplative objects.
What first strikes the viewer about Daniel Rocha’s work is color. His
blues, greens, and violets seem to somehow transform substance into
feeling. The delicate layering of sheer, translucent hues draws us in,
and it is only then that we are struck by the powerful contrast
between his straightedge geometric shapes and his fluid form.
Rocha earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Massachusetts
College of Art in Boston. His research thesis on Human Response to
Color culminated in a Masters of Education degree from Cambridge
College in 1992.
Among his many juried exhibits have been those at the New England /New
York Competition at Berkshire Art Museum and the New England Regional
His most recent award was from Whistler Museum of Art in 1998.