Rocco Schiralli

Artist's Statement

I have no formal art training. I’m colorblind. I have a master’s degree in Psychology, a license in mental health counseling and a license in addictions counseling. None of these facts are good indicators which would influence someone to become a professional artist. But, that’s the way it is.


Whenever I have an intense emotional experience, soon after, or eventually, a snapshot depicting this occurrence will appear in my mind and I transfer these images onto the canvas. I know a piece of art is finished when it complements the vision in my head, my heart.


I like to refer to my method as “Altered States of Art,” a combination of surrealism and visionary styles. “Altered States of Art” are achieved and referenced in relationship to self-awareness, not a drug-induced state of mind.


When you view my work, or commission art, I’d like for you to be bombarded with the possibilities of the meaning: the overall painting, the event, subject matter, inspiration, color, emotion, and a glimmer of hope in even the most tragic of events. But, I really prefer to let my paintings do the talking.

Rocco Schiralli on PBS' Eye on the Arts

Watch Rocco's recent feature on Lakeshore PBS' Eye on the Arts to learn how his background in psychiatry has informed his artwork, and how, above all else, he wants viewers of his work to stop and contemplate the message he's presenting in his art.

Rocco's segment starts at about seven minutes, 30 seconds in.

Commission Art by Rocco Schiralli

Interested in purchasing one-of-a-kind artwork? Reach out to the artist today, located in Valparaiso, Indiana.