Andre Rochester is a native of Hartford, CT. He specializes in acrylic, charcoal, and pastel. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College.
Andre lives a double life, working in Corporate America by day, moonlighting as a professional artist in his time away from his nine to five. Both sides of his professional life are uniquely connected as he channels the same creativity he uses for his artwork to invoke thought and implement new ideas in the office. Artists have an inherent need to close a gap between artistic skill and business knowledge. He assists emerging artists with portfolio development, curating, and consulting for art shows, providing mentorship reminiscent of what young professionals seek in the traditional workplace. Andre chooses to be accessible to his community by being an active mentor. He encourages young artists to develop their craft with a focus on professionalism and business acumen. With every step forward, Andre extends his hand backward to pull another artist ahead.
Andre served on the City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs from 2014 - 2015. He is also a 2015 100 Men of Color Honoree and he has been featured in the Hartford Courant and Bristol Observer. Andre has painted live at the renowned Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT and traveled to Los Angeles in October, 2016 to paint at the premier of “The Fertile River”, a play written by Vincent Terrell Durham. Andre is currently a member of the Windsor Art Center Curatorial Committee (Windsor, CT).
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I teach 90 minutes for drawing and 2 hours for painting. We begin with a basic assessment of skill level by reviewing any work the student may have already created. The experience is customized to meet people where they are in terms of developing technique and over skill. I want to ensure that I am teaching in a way that challenges the student but does not discourage them because of difficulty. We go at your pace and there is no pressure. I want you to be good at this. Moreover, I want you to enjoy it.
I have a Bachelor's degree in art and I have been an active member of the Greater Hartford artists community since 2007. I've had my work published and exhibited throughout the New England and New York.