Vanni Rocca
Sardinian Emotional Painter
I am very interested in the emotions hidden deep within the human being. I am not interested in the perfect description of reality, I do not pay attention to what the eyes faithfully report, but rather to what the gazes tell and the faces hide.

I am in search of imperfect beauty, to be portrayed in an essential way, with filtered colors, with glazes and thick layers of paint that rest on broken, fragmented lines. I believe that it is precisely in these small details that small pieces of our soul nestle and remain entangled.
BIOGRAPHY
An artist who paints to convey emotions.
The story of Vanni Rocca captures the essence of a life transformed by the power of art.
Born in Sennori, a small hill town in northwestern Sardinia, on May 9, 1978, he unexpectedly entered the art world thanks to a twist of fate that reshaped his path. It is as if the forms and colors of his land lay dormant within him, waiting for the moment to awaken and demand expression.

In 2017, at the age of 39, Vanni approached painting purely by chance and was immediately fascinated by it. During this period, he devoted his days to his work in the field of computer science, navigating the logical and structured world of programming, which requires precision and analytical thinking. However, it was during the night that his new passion came to life. In the silent hours, he embarked on a self-taught exploration of painting, a journey that was both a refuge and a revelation. These nocturnal sessions became his sanctuary, a moment when the world around him fell silent, allowing his creativity to flourish.

Vanni's dedication to perfecting his art led him to develop a distinctive style, characterized by softly overlapping brushstrokes, bold lines, and thick layers of color. The portraits to which he devotes himself almost exclusively are expressed through an essential narrative, developed almost solely through the lines of the faces and the depth of the gazes. This pictorial synthesis, which tends to eliminate all that is superfluous, can also be found in the composition of his palette, which, inspired by the canons of tonalism, features a restricted selection of colors with which to paint the subtle complexity of the soul.

The story of Vanni Rocca, imbued with passion and transformation, finds a pivotal chapter in 2020, a year of recognition and first significant achievements in the art world. It is during this period that his work began to bear the fruits of tireless dedication, marking his entry into the art scene with various successes. He participated in and won several plein air painting competitions organized in his beloved Sardinia, demonstrating that his bond with his homeland is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and strength.

His participation in the Florence Biennale proved to be a success, serving as a springboard that propelled his name beyond regional borders. At the same time, he began a collaboration with Arte Spazio, a historic gallery in Sassari, which saw in him an emerging talent worthy of note and exhibition. In this year of growth and visibility, some of his artworks were published in independent art magazines in both Italy and America, marking the recognition of his unique style and artistic vision on an international stage.

But perhaps it is when his work dedicated to Grazia Deledda, Nobel laureate for literature and pride of Sardinia, was accepted into the public collection of the Regional Institute of Ethnography, that the most emotionally significant recognition for the artist arrived. This event not only honors his ability to capture the soul of Sardinia and its iconic figures but also underscores the deep connection between his art and the culture of his land.

In 2021, as a natural continuation of a journey already rich in satisfactions and recognitions, a new chapter began in his life: Vanni made the courageous decision to leave behind the security of an already solid career in the field of computer science to dedicate himself full-time to painting. This leap of faith was made not only to follow his passion but as a commitment to living more authentically. It is the declaration that art is not just a part of his life, but is his life.

In search of contamination and growth, he left Sardinia to explore the vast cultural mosaic of Europe. His canvas found new inspirations among the lush almond groves of Andalusia, the shifting tides of the North Sea, the tranquil harbors of Baltic cities, and the shadowy depths of the Black Forest. Each place added layers to his work, blending the rich heritage of his homeland with the cultures he encountered. Yet, despite the numerous travels and the variety of his experiences, the essence of Sardinia remains at the center of his art: Vanni's work is a testament to how, no matter how far we wander, our roots continue to shape and define us.

The story of Vanni Rocca is more than a biography; it is the narrative of the courage to embrace change, the determination to pursue one's passion, and the deep connection between an artist and his cultural heritage. It is a reminder that the journey to discovering oneself and one's creative expression must be both internal and shared.
MOSTRE PERSONALI
2024
Trilogie
Alghero
Allestita nel suggestivo spazio espositivo della Torre Sulis ad Alghero, la mostra è un percorso in opere che attraversa alcuni intimi particolari dell’anima di un intero popol.
2023
La mia Sardegna
Sennori
Allestita nello spazio espositivo di Casa Sisini, la mostra propone una visione della Sardegna in uno stile artistico essenziale e suggestivo, prossimo al bianco e nero. Il percorso espositivo propone una personalissima visione delle tradizioni dell'Isola più care all'artista: Abiti tradizionali, maschere dei Mamuthones ed i cavalli.
2022
Sardinian Emotional Painter
Sennori
Allestita all'interno degli ambienti di Casa Sisini, la mostra propone il lavoro sviluppato durante circa un anno trascorso in un lento viaggiare sulle strade dell’Europa occidentale, mostrando da una parte un nuovo approccio al ritratto e dall’altra il sempre solido legame alla tradizione sarda.
2022
Artistic Route
Sassari
Mostra che presenta il progetto-serie Artistic Route sviluppato durante circa un anno trascorso in un lento viaggiare sulle strade dell’Europa occidentale.
2021
Mastros
Sassari
Allestita all'interno degli ambienti della galleria Arte Spazio, la mostra vuole essere un omaggio ai grandi pittori sardi del 900, proponendo personali interpretazioni di opere di Delitala, Floris, Ciusa Romagna, Biasi e Figari.
2019
Abiti Sardi
Sennori
Allestita all'interno degli ambienti di Casa Sisini, la mostra propone una serie di opere che rappresentano, in chiave moderna, gli abiti della tradizione sarda.
MOSTRE COLLETTIVE
2022
Abito Tradizionale Di Aggius
Aggius
Presso il Museo etnografico MEOC. La mostra è dedicata all’abito tradizionale sardo, nelle sue diverse versioni paesane, inteso come simbolo di identità etnica e testimone di una specifica creatività storica dell’isola.
2021
Annuale Arte Spazio
Sassari
Mostra dedicata ai grandi pittori sardi dell'800, del '900 e contemporanei affiancati in importanti artisti nazionali e internazionali.
2020
Biennale di Firenze
Firenze
Presso il Museo Zeffirelli. Mostra biennale di prestigio internazionale organizzata in collaborazione con la fondazione Amedeo Modigliani.
2020
Arte Golfo Aranci
Golfo Aranci
Presso la Muses Art Gallery. Mostra collettiva di pittura.
2020
Le quais des artistes
Porto Rotondo
Presso il centro commerciale Porto Rotondo. Mostra collettiva di pittura.
2020
Annuale Arte Spazio
Sassari
Mostra dedicata ai grandi pittori sardi dell'800, del '900 e contemporanei affiancati dagli artisti nazionali e internazionali.
PREMI
E RICONOSCIMENTI
2021
Premio Marchionni
- Selezioni prima fase
Villacidro
2021
Luemburg Art Prize
- Attestato di merito artistico
Lussemburgo
2020
Les quai des artists
- 2° Premio
Porto Rotondo
2020
Estemporanea di pittura
- 4° Premio
Cossoine
2020
Estemporanea di pittura
- 1° Premio
Bonorva
2019
Estemporanea di pittura
- 2° Premio
Mammoiada
PUBBLICAZIONI
E INTERVISTE
2022
Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 50
Los Angeles
Pubblicazione di due mie opere sulla rivista d'arte indipendente di Los Angeles
2022
Ieri Oggi Domani Magazine
Sassari
Intervista di 8 pagine dedicata al racconto della mostra "Mastros" e del percorso artistico.
2021
Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 49
Los Angeles
Pubblicazione di due mie opere sulla rivista d'arte indipendente di Los Angeles
2020
Artist Portfolio Magazine - Issue 42
Los Angeles
Pubblicazione di due mie opere sulla rivista d'arte indipendente di Los Angeles
2019
Sardegna Live
Alghero
Intervista a cura di Cristina Tangianu
COLLEZIONI
Pubblica
Museo Etnografico Della Provincia Di Nuoro
Il dipinto intitolato e dedicato al premio Nobel per la letteratura Grazia Deledda entra a far parte della collezione dell'Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico.
Private
EUROPA - USA - ARABIA SAUDITA
Le mie opere fanno parte di collezioni private situate in Italia, Francia, Germania, Belgio, Olanda, USA e Arabia Saudita.