Artist: Alberto Morrocco, OBE, RSW, RGI
Alberto Morrocco started a dynasty of Morrocco family painters and is rightly regarded as a Scottish icon.
Alberto Morrocco was born in Aberdeen , the son of Italian immigrants. He studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. The outbreak of the Second World War saw him detained in Edinburgh Castle, as an enemy alien, but he was released and allowed to serve as a conscientious objector in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1940-46. After the war Alberto Morrocco returned to Aberdeen and did some part time teaching at the Gray's School of Art. From 1950 he was Head of the School of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone of Art. In 1951 Morrocco was made Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and full member 10 years later.
Alberto Morocco was commissioned to paint a mural by the Architect Sir Anthony Wheeler for St Columba's Church, Glenrothes in 1962 and went on to be a great friends . Alberto Morrocco painted Wheelers portrait and was commissioned by him for other work. He was influenced by both Braque and Picasso, and is well known for his still lifes as well as his Italian beach scenes .