Discipline: Visual Art

Jovan De Rocco

Discipline: Visual Art
Region: Fort Lauderdale, FL
MacDowell Fellowships: 1931, 1932

Jovan De Rocco (1896-1998), artist and philosopher, was born in Belgrade, Serbia and immigrated to the United States in 1921. As a trained architect in his home country, he found employment in New York City with Lafayette Goldstone, a noted architect. He was later appointed to work for H. Van Buren Magnogle, an opportunity that led to his commission to design the American Embassy building in Tokyo. De Rocco also studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League in New York, which resulted in a Fellowship at MacDowell, where he met his wife of 53 years, Marcia.

During the Depression, De Rocco painted for the WPA. In 1940 he was hired as an art professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, where he taught for 18 years before moving to Sanibel Island with Marcia.



Jovan De Rocco worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander (1856-1915) and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander was highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served…

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