Andy Rocco 6

Charlotte Artist Captures Local Pop Culture

Nobody will ever deny that there has always been something special about Charlotte, North Carolina. Lately, however, with all of the growth and development that we have been experiencing, that fact seems to be especially true. Our city is thriving like never before, and like any large metro, the people who live here are what make Charlotte so extraordinary. One of those shining stars is an up-and-coming artist by the name of Andy Rocco, whose distinctive style is adding a very welcome splash of color to our local culture.

If you ask Andy, he will tell you that his success is largely thanks to happenstance and being in the right place at the right time. In fact, when you speak to him, his modest personality and friendly disposition are among the first things you notice about him. However, we are here to tell you that Andy’s rising popularity has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with that rare, special blend of talent and determination.

Andy’s unique approach is another quality of his work that continues to attract the attention of art enthusiasts. His subjects are iconic and easy to recognize, which extends his reach beyond the art community and into pop culture fandom. His pieces feature bold imagery and vibrant block colors presented in edgy, exciting compositions that are well-suited for just about any space you can think of. More recently, he has begun to create mixed media compositions which feature paint in bright, contrasting colors set against printed black and white photography. These pieces have been particularly popular this season and have sold just about as quickly as he has been able to produce them.

Andy Rocco’s appearance around our city is becoming more frequent, as local shops, galleries, and event producers have begun to feature his work regularly. In July, Andy was included in the Charlotte Artists’ Showcase, hosted by Sugar Creek Brewery to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital. You may also have seen his paintings in the NoDa Company Store, but if you missed it, you shouldn’t worry. His work will be featured this fall at Wooden Robot Brewery in South End, and there is no doubt that you will have many more exciting opportunities to view and purchase a painting of your own as we move ahead into the new year.

Of course, for those of you who have a particular concept in mind or simply prefer not to wait, a custom painting may be commissioned by contacting him directly via email at andrewrocco@gmail.com or through direct message to @andy_rocco on Instagram.