Andre Rochester- Visual Artist
Andre Rochester is a Fine Artist from the Greater Hartford region of Connecticut. He studied illustration at the University of Connecticut: School of Fine Arts and completed his BA in Studio Art at Charter Oak State College. He also earned a MS in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. His preferred medium is acrylic painting.
Andre uses his art to make statements for which words are not enough, highlighting the underlying emotions connected to the subject. It is a combination of portraiture and conceptual works connected by narratives of his personal experiences. At a young age, art became a tool for healing and catalyst for connection. It developed into a way for Andre to let people know they are not alone in this journey through life.
Andre is a 2021 Artist of Color Accelerate Fellow, collaborating with The Amistad Center at Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT as well as a Leadership Greater Hartford- 2021 Quest Program Alum. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Windsor Art Center (2019-present). Andre is also a board member at the Connecticut Arts Alliance and previously served on the City of Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs (2014-2015). His work has been featured in various publications, including CT Fashion Magazine and the Hartford Courant. You may also find Andre painting live at events throughout the Northeast United States. In addition to his activity as an artist in the Greater Hartford community, Andre assists emerging artists with portfolio development, curation, and consultation for exhibits. He encourages young artists to develop their craft without losing focus on learning professionalism and business acumen. He believes that with every step forward, we must remember to make room for one more to join us and clear a path for others to travel.