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Magnolia Village

Block 10

Rene Rocha

Rene Rocha Designs

When I paint, I seek to uncover my identity through the art making process. I communicate intimate ideas visually through my artwork, and verbally through my titles. I rarely communicate these ideas orally through my words.

Separation, and connection factor heavily in my artwork because I’m adopted. The last decade, my artwork has focused on my separation from my biological family, and my connection with my adopted family. I use the art elements – line and color – to illustrate these concepts. I ponder my identity, and often wonder who I would have become had my journey been different.

My current work explores my journey into fatherhood. The concept of the wave was conceived during my son Zachary’s birth. An erratic heartbeat due to an infection, reminded me of waves. I began to think about water, and what it represents. Its ability to nourish, and destroy.