Boccara was a painter and collage artist. A native of Tunisia, Mr. Bocarra
was raised and educated in France. He had lived in the United States since
the early 1970's. He studied painting at the University of Houston in the
mid eighties. He also studied law and economics at The Sorbonne University
He was an artist whose work was beginning to garnish
a larger following, poised to receive the public viewing and critical
assessment it deserved at the instance of his unseasonable death. It is apparent through
the brief life of this artist, that he was continuing to focus attention
on his primary concerns for order, exile, spirituality and healing and by
doing so multiplying the possibilities inherent in them all.
| A field archeologist with over ten years experience, Mr.
Boccara participated in excavations throughout Israel and Greece,
Switzerland and the United States. It was the nature of this exacting
science of baring back, of meticulous classification and creative
reconstruction that permeated his artwork.
His abstract landscapes are fertile exercises in addition and
reduction. They are excavations where order is void of sentimentality,
where the residue of the sublime becomes the vehicle of his ideas through
the semantics of geometry and color. They are travelogues where his
ubiquitous meanders beg entry to the temple of the mundane, replete with