Jean-Pierre Roc-Roussey was born near Paris, France. His timeless artworks are characterised by elaborate composition and flamboyant colour palette used to create a rich imaginary world. His paintings are carefully composed, utilizing both space and abundance creating an overall sense of harmony. His work draws inspiration from travel alongside his keen interest in mythology and legend, which leads him to meditate on the unchanging, primitive face of human nature.

Roc-Roussey lives in his own world of imagination, full of enigmatic people. The subjects in his paintings are often big, and as they are of unrealistic proportions, they tend to arouse our suspicions. The faces of the subjects seem to be masked, wanting to remain anonymous, with no identity. Yet, they tell a thousand stories; very often, it is the same face that we see throughout. The diversity is in the body language and theatrical costumes that seduce as well as fascinate the viewer. Roc-Roussey uses beautiful fabrics to stylise the costumes of the subjects in a baroque style. The human race has been fighting and struggling from the very dawn of time. We can witness this struggle in Roc Roussey’s paintings.

The warriors he portrays think of their actions as being heroic and for the good of mankind, but not realizing self destruction is imminent, if the fighting continues. Like life, his compositions are ironic. They show us the fragility of the world which is invisible yet apparent. There is no backdrop in his paintings, yet the background exudes a sense of tumult. Roc Roussey mocks the world because of our inability to understand that war and fighting cannot bring about anything good. All is not lost though. Roc Roussey injects comedy into his compositions and his characters are caricatures. He hopes to bring the world together, to help find a common thread of cohesion.


Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Impératrice, 2019
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Danse de l'eau
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Danse de la Kachina
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Danseuse aux doigts d’or
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Epine d'or
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Invocation
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, La jeune fille écarlate
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Le vent des forêts
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Messagère sur le volcan
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Orphée et Eurydice
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Robe couleur du ciel
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Salamandre
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Simbad
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Tête de géante au bandeau
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Grande Kachina aux plumes blanches
Jean-pierre Roc-roussey, Rapprochement