John Morra

John Bosquet-Morra (born 1962) grew up in Southern California. He received his B.A. in English from Westmont college in 1985; in 1987 he earned a B.F.A from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and in 1991 he graduated from The New York Academy of Art with an M.F.A. He has shown extensively in New York and California, and currently lives in Stuyvesant, NY with his wife, Isabelle Bosquet-Morra, a floral designer.

He is mostly known for his still life paintings, particularly his “MERTZ” series, which combines junk, machine parts, and kitchen appliances into a kind of cityscape-still life hybrid. He also enjoys paying homage to 18th century French and Spanish still life traditions, particularly Chardin and Meléndez. His other activities include landscape, portraits, and figures. He teaches part-time at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City.

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