Alberto Morocco (1917-1998)
Merendero at Nerja 'Open-air Cafe' in Nerja 1977
Signed and dated, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30cm
Alberto Morrocco was born in Aberdeen, the son of immigrant Italians. He is famous for his Scottish landscapes and his precocious talent as a draughtsman. Heavily influenced by Picasso and Braques, prodigiously productive, Morocco spent the majority of his career as Head of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Without doubt the greatest portraitist of his generation, well known for his portrait of The Queen Mother as Chancellor of The University of Dundee. Awarded the San Vita Romano Prize and the Guthrie and Carnegie Awards of the Royal Scottish Academy, he served on sth Scottish Arts Council and the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, he was awarded an OBE in 1993 and elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society in 1995.
His works are sought after and well collected, well represented in museums and private collections and his work is known particularly for its other worldliness and skill of execution.