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By Simple Yet Propitious Means: The Art of Jorge Cocco Santangelo

Author Herman du Toit,

The modern paradigm in the art world today is increasingly centered around self-expression, with the emphasis on the self. In contrast, devotional art strives for essential meaning beyond the individual, striving to communicate across the widest range of cultural boundaries about. This kind of art has always resisted the vanities of idiosyncratic self-expression, subordinating 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. Through a lifetime of work mastering his craft and a lifetime of learning to communicate clearly to his audience, Cocco has arrived at that creative state described, reputedly, by Leonardo da Vinci: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."