Lucia Bocchino's Artwork

Drawings, Collages, Assemblages, and Paintings

Installation of the "Who Inspires You?" Exhibition

Lucia Confalone Bocchino

An Artistic Life - The Story of an Artist

Creative throughout her extraordinary life, Lucia Maria Confalone Bocchino peacefully went home to be with the Creator of All Things on Wednesday, March 14, Morristown. An artist in all things, Lucia created everything from six children—whom she considered to be her most precious creations—to a variety of artistic media, including representational paintings and collages. Lucia herself was a beautiful creation.

She was born on March 3rd, 1930 to Maria Defazi and Giosue Confalone in the Fordham section of the Bronx, in New York City. Artistically inclined from childhood, she initially studied the arts at the High School of Music and Art and as an undergraduate student at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, both prestigious liberal arts institutions in Manhattan. After graduating from the Cooper Union with a degree in Commercial Art, Lucia worked as a freelance commercial illustrator for a variety of New York advertising agencies and art studios, eventually serving as an assistant art director at Vogue magazine, published by Conde Nast. After working for other Conde Nast accounts and then embarking on a tour of the "art" capitals of Europe (Rome, Paris, etc.), Lucia subsequently married Dr. William A. Bocchino in 1956 and raised six children: Willa Antonia, Joshua Joseph, Serena Maria, David Gregory, Marcus Matthew, and Alexander Justin.

During her marriage, Lucia worked as a freelance commercial illustrator; her portfolio included designing and illustrating the covers of many leading arts publications, including Opera News. Lucia later opened an independent art gallery in Tappan, New York, The Peanut Gallery, which exhibited both up-and-coming and established artists. Several years later, she went back to creating her own designs, working in a variety of media—acrylics, pen and ink, collage and assemblage, and tin. She won many awards for her work and received much public recognition. She was an extraordinary, committed artist, exhibiting and selling her work throughout New York and New Jersey. Lucia never forgot the communities she lived in; she contributed her artistic abilities in various volunteer capacities, including serving as the art director at St. John the Baptist Church R.C. in Hillsdale, NJ. She also taught art at many of the adult schools in the area. Lucia traveled extensively—including to Italy, Russia and Israel—and incorporated these rich real-life experiences into her personal artistic creations. Lucia eventually lived an independent life, enjoying her family, her art, and her spirituality. She appreciated and loved all things artistic and beautiful, from people and places to plants and animals. Lucia also encouraged those around her, especially her children, to understand and enjoy the art present in all of life.

Lucia loved her ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Diana, David, and Joshua; Elexa, Justin, and Arianna; Ezra and Rachel; Natalia and Isabella; and Aiden, her great-grandchild. She also loved her beloved brother John and his former wife Norma and current wife Joanne; her niece Marianne and husband Brian; her nephew, Johnny and wife Kathy; daughters-in-law Elena, Michelle and Rebecca; and sons-in-law Stephen and Michael. She also leaves behind many friends and admirers. She was a gentle, kind, compassionate person who will be greatly missed…but there will be one more star shining in the Heavens.

Childhood friend Dolores remembers Lucia this way: "Lucy was artistic in everything she did, in not just her paintings but also in how she dressed and everything else—she herself was a work of art." Lucia also prompts the following memory from a fellow Cooper Union alumnus and artist: "Lucia was a very inventive, imaginative, and whimsical person and artistic illustrator who created many original works of art; she was a true original herself."

Good night, sweet artist...gentlest of the night.