Mormon studies, Jorge Cocco Santangelo, artwork
Inspired devotional art always strives for essential meaning, communicating across the widest range of cultural boundaries. This kind of art has always resisted the vanities of idiosyncratic expression, striving instead to subordinate the artist’s personal virtuosity to the sacral nature of its subject matter. There have been few artists of repute who have achieved this fine balance in their work. Jorge Cocco Santangelo, or “Cocco” as he is known, is one such artist who has devoted his professional career to the creation of art as an expression of his testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His work recently came to the attention of curators at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City when he was given a purchase award for his painting The Call (fig. 1) in the Church’s tenth triennial International Art Competition, Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, in 2015. This juried show has gained momentum over the years with participation by an increasing number of entrants from all over the world.
du Toit, Herman
"By Simple Yet Propitious Means: The Art of Jorge Cocco Santangelo,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 55:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol55/iss2/5