Jacques Roch

Born in 1934 - United States


Jacques Roch (1934-2015) was a Franco-American painter born in Lyon. He studied at the Lyon and Paris Beaux-Art Schools and, after numerous travels, the Algerian War and some years spent in Paris, Jacques Roch moved to New York in 1979.

May 1968 in Paris caught him within the Situationist movement. Jacques Roch was given the opportunity to produce a book of drawings called “Paris Ville Piège”, published in 1970 by André Baland, in which the monuments of Paris are transformed into a new reality. He also produced a series of surrealist humorous comic strips published in underground magazines at the time.

Unique characters are, in part, how Jacques Roch first made a name for himself. Today, they pop up on color-saturated canvases to reveal a surreal world that echoes Roch's own dark humor. "Color is really the door to a kind of joy. In the last 10 years, I've been dealing with the light because there is enough darkness around," says Roch.

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2013 / 2011 / 2008 / 2005 / 2003 / 2001 / 1998 / 1996 Kim Foster Gallery, NYC

2013 Art 101, Brooklyn

2012 Plume 21, Seattle‘

2010 Galerie Carla Magna, Paris

2009 Side Show Gallery, Williamsburg, NY with Tony Roch

1990 Exit Art, NYC ‘Ten Years of Painting in New York City’

1986 Howard Scott M-13 Gallery, NYC

1985 Exit Art, Ringside Gallery, NYC

1985 Facchetti-Burk Gallery, NYC

1976 Drian Galleries, London, England


2006 ‘Menage a Trois’ Holland Tunnel Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2005 ‘The Labyrinth’ Holland Tunnel Gallery, Paros-Greece

2004 ‘Christmas Show’ Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003 ‘A Passion for Collecting: Selections from the Rothfeld Gift’ Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, PA

2003 ‘clear intentions’ The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY curated by Robert C. Morgan

2003 ‘Outside Harry’s House’ Zeeuwse Bibliotheek, Middelburg, Holland

2003 ‘Five Year Anniversary Show’ Holland Tunnel, NY

2001 ‘718 Brooklyn!’ curated by Michael Rush & Dominique Nahas, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL

2000 ‘The Figure: Another Side of Modernism, Paintings from 1950 to the Present,’ Snug Harbor Cultural Center curated by Lilly Wei

1999 Center for Metamedia, Hermit Foundation, Czech Republic

1999 New Tide, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam

1998 Mega Salon, Portrait Show, Tod Jorgensen Gallery, New York

1998 White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1998 Un Coup de des Varik Gallery, New York

1998 Side Show Gallery, Works on Paper, Williamsburg, NY

1998 Chi Meat, Williamsburg, New York

1997 Year End Ensemble, Watercolors by Jacques Roch, Williamsburg Art Center, NY

1996 Chi Meat, Williamsburg, New York

1995 Pick Four, Kim Foster Gallery, NYC

1995 Trans-Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

1995 Perogi 2000 at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NYC

1994 Symbolic Surface, Klarfeld Perry Gallery curated by Robert Morgan, NYC

1994 Drop Dead Painting curated by John Ford, NYC

1994 Private Obsessions, Lorraine Kessler Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

1994 Selection of Artists from Art Omi Colony, Lorraine Kessler Gallery

1993 Art Omi Colony, Omi, NY

1993 The Sublime Banana Peel, B4A Gallery, NY

1991 Burning in Hell, Franklin Furnace, NYC

1990 International Prints Show, Holland Tunnel, Paris traveled to Greece

1986 Trans Cultural Trans Media, Exit Art, NYC

1986 Consensus, Exit Art, NYC

1985 Selections by Kay Larson, Artist Space, NYC

1985 Five French Artist Living in New York, French Embassy, NYC

1984 Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY

1984 Five Artists, Galerie Paul Facchetti, Zurich, Switzerland

1984 East of East Village, Dramatis Personae Gallery, NYC

1984 Erotic Fan Show, Jon Leon Gallery, NYC

1983 Window Installation, French Tourist Bureau, NYC

1983 Just Above Midtown, Downtown, NYC

1981 Recent Abstraction, Proctor Art Center, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY

1977 Maison de la Culture, Des Amandiers, Paris, France

1975 Artistes du 20eme Arrondissement, Paris, France

1965 Salon Scheme, Paris, France


Carvalho, Denise, “Jacques Roch” Art In America, November 2008

Morgan, Robert C., “Painting the Blues a la Francaise: A Brief Survey of Jacques Roch” catalogue, 2005

Nahas, Dominique, “Jacques Roch” catalogue, 2005

Wei, Lilly, “The Figure: Another Side of Modernism,” Snug Harbor Cultural Center, catalogue, 2000

Carvalho, Denise, “Fairy-Tales,” Center for Metamedia, 1999

Harris, Jane, “Jacques Roch” Art In America, May 1999

Morgan, Robert C., The End of the Art World, published by Allworth Press, 1998

Morgan, Robert C., “Jacques Roch” Art Press, February 1997

Landi, Ann, “Jacques Roch” ARTnews, December 1996

Nahas, Dominique, “Jacques Roch” Review, December 1, 1996

Morgan, Robert C., “Doric Column” Cover, March 1995

Morgan, Robert C., Catalogue Essay Symbolic Surface Klarfeld Perry Gallery, NYC 1994

Morgan, Robert C., “After the Deluge, The Return of the Inner Directed Artist” Arts Magazine March 1992

“Goings on About Town” The New Yorker June 1990

Larson, Kay, Catalogue Essay, Selections, Artist Space, NYC 1985

Cameron, Dan., Review, Arts Magazine Fall 1985


1976 Mosaic on Cement Forms, College of Belfort, Belfort, France

1976 Painted Sculpture, College of Brive, Brive LaGaillarde, France

1971 Mural Painting/Family Crests, Salon de The, Chateau de Brreteuil, Valle de Chevreuse.

1970 Mosaic, College de Tours, Tours, France

1968 Sculpture photographed for promotion by Air France, Paris, France

1967 Mural Painting, Social Security Building, Charleville, France

1966 Mosaic, College Aulnay Sous Bois, Paris, France


1971 Paris Ville Peige book of drawings, Published by A Balland, Paris, France

1973-77 Comics and drawings published in “Pilote,” “Charlie Mensuel,” “Hara Kiri,” “Pourquoi,” Paris, France

1978-80 Comics Published in “Playboy,” “Heavy Metal,” “The New York Times,” NYC

1999 The Dream of the Unicorn, book of drawings with text.

2001 Good Heavens! erotic pasta & fruity salad cookbook, published by Holland Tunnel Art Project


Beaux Arts de Lyon

Beaux Arts de Paris

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