Giovanni E. Bocchieri
A fine artist skilled in the use of mixed media, Giovanni E. Bocchieri Jr., received his M.A. in Drawing and Painting at Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas) in 1976. While in Weisbaden, Germany from 1978 to 1979 he learned, “Old Master”, painting techniques under Master Artist Adolph Hertzfeld. He also studied graphic design and pottery at the Cleveland Institute of Art (Cleveland, Ohio) from 1981 to 1982.
The artwork presented by Giovanni Bocchieri exhibits unconventional and striking images rendered meticulously with ornamental detail. The use of contrasting textures and patterns as well as vivid color imagery allows the viewer an ever-changing aesthetic exploration. His extensive travels in Europe, Asia, and Latin America have given him exposure to diverse styles of art which have significantly influenced his own approach to drawing and painting. Individual artists who have influenced his work include Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Maxfield Parrish, William Gatewood, and Alex Bonjour. Giovanni firmly believes his artistic ability is a gift entrusted to him by God. He attempts to celebrate life and the unique wonders of creation.
His artwork has been exhibited in both the United States and Germany and has received a number of awards and special recognition's. Additionally, he has been a college instructor, head of a graphics department, and a book and magazine illustrator.
A note of interest: Giovanni enjoys a unique artistic heritage as a collateral descendant of Italian Renaissance painter Leonardo Da Vinci. He likes to think he has inherited a certain creative versatility from his famous ancestor.