ROCCO ARMENTO, 87, died on Dec. 30, 2011 in Woodstock. He was born in 1924 in Staten Island. He served in the 155th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II. After the war, he studied at the Arts Student League in N.Y.C., the Grand Chaumiere School in Paris, the Mechanics Institute, The National Academy of Design and Wagner College in New York. In the early 60's, he taught at the school of Visual Arts. Throughout his career as an artist, he worked in various media and beginning in 1956, exhibited his work at the March Gallery on 10th Street in N.Y.C., as well as the Brata Gallery, Tanger Gallery, Gallery Gertrude Stein and the Block Museum in Chicago. He was also a long standing member of the Experimental Aviation Association. Rocco is survived by two sons, Ben and Dante Armento. A Memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Tinker St., Woodstock.
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Johanna Murdock-Scaglione, Virginia: January 1 | You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Bunny & Bob Dvorak | Saugerties, New York: January 2 | Always in our memory.
Dietmar Kirves | NO!art headquarters, Berlin/Germany: January 3 | We mourn for the loss of Rocco Armento, friend of Boris Lurie, and involved in the NO!art.
Peter Kirby, Sacramento, CA: January 3 | Rocco was a dedicated and creative artist who brought much beauty into the world. I was glad he was my friend. He and his sons are in my thoughts and prayers.
Harriet Wood, Marshfield, Vermont: January 6 | I was part of the No!Art group with Rocco, altho I never met him, only heard Sam Goodman and Boris Lurie talk about him, with great admiration. I was going to visit him when visiting my son in Woodstock the end of January. Suzanne Long (Harriet Wood).
Richard & Dolores Morris, Flushing, NY: January 6 | Dante & Ben have many great memories of a wonderful & dedicated father. May Rocco rest in peace. We send our love & prayers.
Amikam Goldman, Tel Aviv: January 9 | I was so sad to hear that Rocco passed away. I had met him on a 3 day trip to woodstock I had made with Boris Lurie, Charles Rehwinkel and Yonatan Maron in 2001. I remember Rocco as a gentle and a sweet man. I have great memories from that trip. I know how much Boris Loved him. RIP dear Rocco. | ► see documentary excerpt
Gretchen Goddard, Venice, California: January 19 | Rocco opened his home to me many times. What a spirit that man had! Every moment spent was an adventure and I will never ever forget him. So long Roc. It was truly a pleasure to know you.
Clayton Patterson, NO!art Western Front, New York: January 24 | Boris Lurie often talked about Rocco and eventually I had the privilege of meeting Rocco. With Boris, we stayed a couple of weekends up in Woodstock. I was intrigued with all the creative building and activities Rocco had going on. Then at night, Rocco,Boris, and I would sit around the kitchen table drinking, smoking, and I, listening to them arguing about everything: the past- multiple different versions of "the Truth", if Rocco was a NO!artist, Roccos's old cars and so on. Always a warm and enjoyable time. He will be remembered as a NO!artist. Love and respect.
Jeanne Chieffo Boyles, Santa Fe, New Mexico: January 27, 2012 | So sad to hear Rocco is gone....it's been many years since Bedford St. and the Village but the memories are like yesterday...Rocco the super...Rocco the artist...Rocco the philosopher...I feel so fortunate to have known him and to have seen Dante and Ben in October at a family reunion...Rocco will always be in my head...thank you Rocco for all the entertaining days...you left this Earth a more interesting place and touched many people while you were here!