Jorge Cocco Santángelo calls his style sacrocubism because of his sacred subject matter and the clear influence of cubism, an early 20th-century art movement that abstracted objects to simple, geometric shapes. As a style, sacrocubism moves the viewer’s attention away from superfluous details—textures of fabric, the accuracy of historical backgrounds, or the impossibility of capturing an exact likeness of Christ—by depicting simple shapes that allow the viewer to focus on the essential and most holy aspects of the sacred events themselves.
Explaining his approach, Cocco said, “In sacrocubism, beyond the obvious, other aesthetic experiences can also be discovered, and even when these are not realized consciously, they are perceived spiritually.” He continues, “Similarly, the miracles, life, and plan of God are sometimes hard to comprehend in full, and in some ways, they seem surreal to us. They are somewhat abstract, and we don’t fully comprehend the ramifications and the depth of every teaching of the Savior. Beyond the actual miracle, there was always one or more hidden teaching.”
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