Monday, January 13, 2014

Here is a link to any Rocco paintings currently available on Ebay.


As of Monday January 13th, 2014,  two Rocco paintings sold in one lot are asking $50.13

Friday, July 5, 2013

Rocco Paintings - Done by Multiple Artists-No Value

Howdy. I've had about ten emails from various people, none of them art critics, and most of them novice art collectors like me, inquiring about the Rocco paintings, and their value. Who is Rocco? Unfortunately, experts have written me that the paintings were done by art students who mimicked the style of the instructor, and mass produced these various Parisian street scenes for profit, all signing with the same name, Rocco. These professional art appraisers have told me that if there's biographical information that appears on a pre-printed label on the back, you must then realize that these paintings were mass produced and sold in stores. Makes sense.

Sure, the Rocco paintings have some interesting technique, and overall warmth and style that can be enjoyed. No doubt about it. But as far as serious works of art that are of limited quantity, collectible, and gaining attention over the past decades since they were painted? Nope. No fire is starting, no interest is increasing, and no prices are rising.

As a result, I've stepped away from the task of gathering info on "Rocco", whoever he [or they] are. Sorry. These paintings are not taking gaining interest on a large scale in the art market. Hope this helps.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mon 9/14/09 10:01 AM
Hi There, I'm forwarding 3 photos of a painting I just acquired and in trying to find out more about the artist came across your quest...Don't know if the question is still on the table regarding the existence of this artist but in case it is, and anyone is interested, his biographical information is on a label on the back...
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Paintings by Rocco

This impressionist painting is signed "Rocco".

There is a bit of controversy over the origin and value of these types of paintings as the Antiques and the Arts Forum showed recently, as excerpted below. Are these paintings signed "Rocco" really massed-produced art sold by Montgomery Ward in the 1960's? They appear to be quite common.

If you have further information on these types of paintings, or if you have a painting which is signed by "Rocco" and appears to be in a similar style, consider emailing a picture of it to me for posting on this blog. Let's get to the bottom of this.

Personally, I find the paintings to be interesting. They are almost absurdly impressionistic-- almost a cartoon mockery of French Impressionism. Even if they were mass produced, they had to be hand painted by someone with skill. I find the entire phenomenon to be an entertaining scandal, and worthy of some investigation.

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The question is, Who was the artist who painted street scenes in Paris (Moulin Rouge) in the impressionist style with oil on canvas and signed their painting something like Ricco or Rocco? What is the artists name and where can I learn more about the artists work? - Tim: Aug 23 2003 2:30AM

i also have a rocco painting as wellandwould like some more info too.I have similar to the one with the windmill in the backgroung as well. We got the painting about 35 yrs ago. - sally: 12/28/2007 7:51:49 PM
I have a 18 x 24" oil painting depicting a female in paris (in a plaza with sacre couer cathedral in the background)around 1890's?? in impressionist style. It has an Anco Bilt frame and I acquired it in an antique shop in Fairfield County, CT. The signarure reads W Stam Park or Lustam Park or Stan Park it is difficult to make out. Does anybody know anything about the artist and year made. - curious: 12/23/2007 10:03:48 PM
I have one too - Must be 3 foot high by 5 foot wide, wooden gold frame. I've been searching for years for the painter. I think we are looking at a mass production of some kind of art school as someone else said. Anyway, I was lead to Michael Rocco who does watercolor scenes, but he always signs his full name and never dabbles in oil paint. My scene is pretty much identical to the one above, raining, cafes and a horse and buggy as well. - stater75: 12/12/2007 3:40:20 PM
I have a painting size 18" x 24", acrilic on canvas, made in dec 1967, signed by Z. W. Werner, the picture is a woman. I want to know who is the woman and learn more about the painter and also the price for the picture in today's market. Thanks! - Acacio: 12/11/2007 10:11:42 AM
Recently acquired a street oil painting signed by a. rocco. Rear of canvas reads "Casa Sorrento Italy - # 114366 8 x 10 Rocco". Rear of frame stamped 10 Ancobilt Glendale, NY. Would like to learn more about this painter. Thanks - David 14 Nov 2007. - David: 11/13/2007 10:47:32 PM
I also have a painting by rocco (the arche de triumphe with big tree in front of arche with a lot of people}I've been researching the art world since 2004 looking for this artist. I just came across this web site today. Would somebody have any information to share. Thank You. - maggie: 10/24/2007 9:06:19 PM
i have a painting on anco frame intitled the star grand mother dated 1958 painted by elfrieda.anyone with info please contact me - silas ollivierre: 10/22/2007 7:26:52 PM
I too have 3 oil paintings of Paris scenes by this artist Rocco they were bought new in the late 60's -or very early 70's at Montgomery Wards Department Store the history is: they were done by students in Paris sorta the precursor to the Starving Artists - demonrw: 9/26/2007 8:45:25 PM
i have a rocco painting of a street scene, on a wet day with a row of buildingas and windmill in background. it is a 12x16 dimension and signed in bottom right hand corner in red paint, Rocco, and underlined. on stretched canvas and has a label on bottom back of canvas stretch with info on the artist. any clue when it may have been painted? thanks...brandi - artlady_94: 8/24/2007 4:38:00 PM
I too have a Rocco painting which I purchased from an estate sale. Actually its the only estate sale Ive been to and the only thing I purchased. I was told it is about 60 yrs old. I had an artist friend look at it and was told it maybe around $2000 to $3000, but not sure. Its of a wet day somewhere in Paris. Have no clue if any of this is true but love the painting. Would love to get more information - equal4979: 4/19/2007 9:33:55 PM
Has anyone yet been able to find out what these paintings are worth. Very wonderful paintings. Thanks - Llowps: 12/31/2006 2:00:21 AM
I too have a Rocco painting of women walking in a European city street - very pleasant with their being abstract and reflected on the pavement while the buildings are clear. It has the label with the bio information. So what are people thinking these are worth? I'm going to put mine at my eBay store for what might be an outrageous price but people can make lower offers. I've had the painting on my wall for three or more years and it doesn't get old. Thanks for starting this site - I couldn't find much a few years ago. - Katherine: 12/1/2006 11:30:23 AM
I also have one of these ROCCO painting.... Has anyone found any information?? - Ms Murl: 10/30/2006 10:01:11 PM
My Rocco painting is a street with the Paris Opera House in the background. It is signed in lower right hand corner as Rocco - there is no first initial or date. I purchased it in an antique mall. I was excited to find this site regarding the painter and would love to see photos of other paintings and to find out in what states other paintings were purchased, located/reside currently. Has anyone learned more about his background? - s - dallas, tx: 7/29/2006 9:20:34 PM
I have a Rocco Oil Painting and need to find out the value. It is 24X48 and a beautiful street scene.Any information would be great. - Ginabena: 7/9/2006 6:56:41 PM
I am interested if you think there is much value to these paintings? - kaco: 7/3/2006 11:20:28 PM
a.rocco born in naples 1924 studies paris,& liege academy diploms naples & paris 1957 exhibitions; professor in art prices & medals; silver medal.....Italy-have oil painting 10"x8"street scene of paris certificate of awards on back with all the info.i put on the top of this page it also has signature of the painter A.ROCCO,,,and ,registered ITALY -stamped in blue on it hope it helps you ......... - artman: 4/25/2006 9:11:49 PM
I also have a Rocco oil painting. It is quite big. Looks old, maybe from the 70's. No date. It is a Paris street scene. Well created. Lots of buildings, cabarets, and people. I'd appreciate any information about the artist. - Raul: 4/12/2006 12:06:28 PM
I also have a Rocco oil painting, that is about 35 to 40 years old. Appears to be a Parisean street. Has anyone been able to identify this artist? Pat - Pat: 3/2/2006 12:37:02 PM
Interested in any information on Rocco Paintings. Have one probably 40 years old, street scene in paris, raining, large canvas. Thanks. - samatha: 2/3/2006 8:54:46 PM
I have a painting also by the same person, signed Rocco bottom right. No date. Was my grandparents and I believe they had it back in the 70s when i was a young child. It looks like paris, with Moulin rouge and it is raining, very nice. Would love any information on it. - Samatha: 2/3/2006 8:20:14 PM
I too have a Rocco of 'The Arche de Triumphe, some what like the painting above only it shows the Arche, and has people, a tree infront of the Arche, and buildings on either side of it. It does not have a date for when it was painted. Any information about the artist or the painting would be appreciated. - Paris art: 12/31/2005 4:45:45 PM
I have an A. Rocco painting of street scenes and the backing on the frame has peeled away to reveal a label with the following information: A. Rocco was born in Naples in 1924 Studied at: the Lige (?) Academy of Paris Diplomas: Professor Exhibitions: Naples and Paris 1957 Medals: Silver Medals - dcrumrine: 10/15/2005 11:33:02 AM
I'd love to learn anything about my "seating fool" painting from artist M.Meshniak (very hard to read the name). That painting is built onto anco bilt frame which is a plastic-like, ornamental one.Unfortunatelly I don't have any image avaiable at this time. Painting looks like pretty old. Thank You for anything. - 2/8/2005 10:18:35 AM
I too have a Rocco painting but it is either a spanish or italian scene. A woman in it has a short dress on yet there's a horse and buggy too. She may be holding her dress up as yours above seem to (I can't enlarge your picture to tell). Check out the frame of your pic - is it plastic-like or sirroco type? My frame is made by Anco-Bilt and the framer was named Spellco Frame and Art out of Stamford, CT. There was no zip code on Spellco's address so I think it was done prior to 1966. That doesn't date the pix tho - and all the Rocco I've looked up on the net are old, old painters or Keith Rocco who mainly did Civil War pix. - Pattyp00: 1/4/2005 6:15:48 PM
i have a painting from artist rocco or ricco not is dated on back 1976 moulin rouge.i bought it at a goodwill store in 1999.any info on this artis please fill me in.... - morgan: 7/17/2004 10:39:26 AM