Michael Marcelo Roco

About the Artist

Michael graduated Class Valedictorian, from Cornish Institute, Seattle, WA, with a BS in Fine Arts. He has also studied fine arts at the Pacific American Institute in Europe; glass at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA. and Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle WA. He has ttaught at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA. His work has been shown in the Tocoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA and the Wing Luke Asian Museum Seattle, WA. The Georgian Room of the Olympic Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Wa featured a large installation of Michael’s work an his work is in numerous private collections

Personal history and iconography play a key role in Michael's sculptural work. He is a first generation Filipino artist, with strong ties to the culture of his family, which traces to two Italian brothers who were granted land in the Philippines by King Philip of Spain in the 1500’s. Michael's Philippine ancestry is a mix of Spanish, Asian/Chinese and native island cultures resulting in his unique style. He was raised in Washington State, and is an ex-seminarian from the Jesuit Roman Catholic Seminary in Seattle, Washington.

He incorporates images and artifacts from his life experience to create sculptures and tableaus that refer to one another to make an unmistakable statement about nature. Many Filipino legends refer to the spirit world and its manifestations in plants, animals and forces of nature. His sculptures have almost an ikanbano feel yet are alive, rich and luxurious as Rococo. He strives to define his subject matter, transform and stylize it to promote a parallel between experimentation and creation to establish a close relationship between thought and matter.

Michael uses Glass and Metal to portray sensual texture, playfulness, power, and man’s connection to his environment. He works within a continuum of sculpture to express the duality of human liberation. He is impressed and influenced by natural curiosities in their variety. His passion for rare and unusual plants, animals, sea creatures, etc. is often intermingled in his sculptures.

Fascination with glass, light, water and organic shapes play a key role in his blown works.