Flavio Brocca, a self-taught artist, was born in San Quirino, a small town in the Friuli region of Italy, and educated at a college in Cividale del Friuli, an ancient city which dates back to the days of Atilla the Hun. It is a beautiful city surrounded by chestnut woods, pine forests and mountains.
During his school years he earned the money for his trips home for holidays and summer vacations by making use of his drawing skills to help others students with their exam assignments.
He completed the three years of technical school, then to help support his family, got a job as a mechanic in a foundry. He served an apprenticeship as an electrician until 1956, when, at the age of 18 he decided to emigrate to Canada.
Even the land of opportunity was very harsh in the 50's and because of the language barrier, he could not get a job in the field of design or art. Like many other skilled immigrants, he ended up in construction, working as a carpenter. At the same time, he took training in technical illustration for three years at Bathurst Heights Collegiate and was hired at Douglas Aircraft as a technical illustrator. He believes that this background has influenced the amount of detail he incorporates in his paintings.
Throughout his career as a designer and graphic artist, he continued to paint and improve his skills by studying the works of old masters.
Today, whether it's copy or an original, he finds the subjects he paints give him an enormous sense of gratification. His subjects are reminders of the past, when poverty was overwhelmed by beauty that we are just learning to cherish and preserve.
Flavio has won several art awards and can offer you unique paintings in the stype of old masters. He is also the designer of the famous buckle-up seat belt sign used everywhere in Ontario by the Ministry of Transportation.