Alberto Morrocco, OBE, RSW, RGI 1917-1998

Morrocco was born in Aberdeen 1917, the son of Italian immigrants. He studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1932-38. As a student he won the Brough Travelling scholarship and the Carnegie Travelling Scholarship. He studied in France, Italy and Switzerland.

The avant-garde of the twenties and thirties, in particular Braque and Picasso, had an immense influence on him for the rest of his life. The outbreak of the Second World War saw him detained in Edinburgh Castle, as an enemy alien, but he was released and allowed to serve as a conscientious objector in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1940-46. After the war he returned to Aberdeen and did some part time teaching at the Gray's School of Art. He was a founding member of the 47 Group. From 1950 he was Head of the School of Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. In 1951 he as made Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy. Morrocco was commissioned to paint a mural for the St. Columba's Church, Glenrothes in 1962 and in 1965 a mural for Dundee Royal Mental Hospital.
Morrocco produced some of his most vigorous work in the period from 1982 to his death. Even late in his life and seriously ill, he would commit himself to exhibitions of thirty or forty new works in a year. Morrocco died in Dundee in 1998.

The University of Dundee awarded Morrocco an honorary doctorate in 1980. He painted all its Principals and, in 1977, the Queen Mother as Chancellor. He was awarded the San Vita Romano Prize and both the Guthrie and Carnegie Award of the RSA, where he was elected Fellow in 1962. In addition to the degree from Dundee University, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Stirling University in 1987. He served on the Scottish Arts Council and the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland and was appointed OBE in 1993.

Selection of Public Collections

Scottiona National Gallery of Modern Art
Paisley Art Gallery
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Bristol Art Gallery
Dumfries, Gracefield Art Centre
Dundee Art Gallery
Fleming Wyfold Art Collection
Edinburgh Art Council
Edinburgh Corporation
Glasgow Art Gallery
Newark-on-Trent Municipal Museum
Perth Art Gallery
West Riding County Council