John Bosquet Morra [NRA 2022]


First name: John ;
Middle name:
Bosquet ;
Last name:
Morra ;

Member: Non-resident artist member ; 
2022 ;
n/a ;



John Morra (born 1962, Meridian, Mississippi) grew up in Southern California. In his youth, he had a passion for drawing, which he developed into newspaper cartoons during high school and college. He earned his first degree in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California; followed by a second bachelor’s degree in fine art from The University of California, Santa Barbara. The lure of more traditional training led him to the New York Academy of Art, where he received his MFA in 1991.

After graduating, he met Jacob Collins, who became his greatest teacher and mentor. While studying with Jacob, he had his first solo show in San Francisco at the John Pence Gallery, followed by a group show called ‘The Paint Group,” at Hirshl and Adler Gallery, in New York City. From there on, he regularly exhibited at Hirshl and Adler Gallery, as well as Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in New York City.

He is mostly known for his still life work, which has two currents: the first, an exploration of his favorite 18th century artists, Chardin and Melendez; the second, his “Mertz” series, which could be called surrealist junk still life. He also paints landscapes and portraits.
His studio is in Stuyvesant, New York, in a converted 19th century Methodist church.





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March 4, 2022

Last updated: May 8, 2024 at 14:53 pm

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