Octavio Rojo was born in Buenos Aires in 1951.
He became familiar with basic artistic elements during his childhood, and developed a special interest for cartoons.
He took his first art courses with portrayer Ana Maria Rojo Oliver, and continued studying at the drawing school of Professors Andrés Borisof and Pablo Pereira.
He then traveled around the world (visited 70 countries in five continents) capturing images, cultures, colors and, fundamentally, nurtured the sensibility and feelings depicted on his palette today.
Nonetheless, it is the painter and critic, Teodoro Craiem, who perceived the true dimension of the attitude of his student, basically emphasizing pastel oil painting techniques. The work of Octavio Rojo received very good reviews both by art critiques and the public in general right from the beginning, as prior to his first exhibition very important local and foreign art collectors, amongst others, Prince Philip, heir to the throne of Belgium bought his paintings.
1995- Art Space Quintana 80
1997- Banco de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
1998- Bank Boston Foundation
1998- ASDA, Argentine Foreign Affairs Ladies Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship
1998– Caesar Park Buenos Aires, up to the present date
1998– Arroyo Art Gallery
1999- ASDA, Argentine Foreign Affairs Ladies Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship
2000– Art show staged at the “Manzana de las Luces”. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES SECRETARIAT - NATIONAL COMMISSION OF THE “MANZANA DE LAS LUCES”
2001- Seville Art Space
2001- Art show at "Índigo Arte" Gallery
2002- III Argentine Contemporary Art Exhibition – San Martín Palace
2002- "The joy of life" Candombes art show at the Sol Art & Frame gallery South Beach, U.S.A.
2002– Art exhibition at the "Miguel Fux" Art Gallery
2003– Traveling show – Municipality of Esquina, Corrientes, Cultural Activities Management Area.
2003– Borges Cultural Centre "Expotrastiendas III" (Rich Studio)
Municipal decree Number 1678/03
2006– "Arroyo Arte" Art Gallery art show.
Octavio Rojo is not part of those artists whose art works display pathos or innovations; far from the heterogeneous scenario of fashion and trends, his oil-pastel paintings depict an intimate feeling whose most serious features include lightness and grace. He is not an artist who endeavors to make a statement; searching for a profound need to express his innermost feelings, his artistic production does not necessarily convey a sense of reality, whereas it reflects how certain worldly events and the memory are embedded in his own self.
This is exactly how his theaters, herds of horses, bullfighting festivities and other events that we immediately perceive are shown on his paintings, and they merely constitute a starting point for deployment of that substance that almost musically transfers us to another world, that world transfigured by the artist's hands that ultimately presents a constant celebration of Octavio Rojo´s work: A true, sincere testimony of art.
Raúl Santana 2001
It is on very rare occasions that a sensitive and affectionate artist as OCTAVIO ROJO appears in the art world. Most certainly the centennial and historic walls of the “Manzana de las Luces” are the most suitable places to host an artistic work that relates to historical roots of the Argentine people, who are not very prone to value their past dating back to the history of preexisting cultures linked to Spanish cultural activities that reflect Western views. The artist's oil and pastel paintings exhibited describe typical regional customs inherent to our Hispanic –native community for over three hundred years. Consequently, bullfighting activities, candombes, religious pageant feelings and characteristic reception rooms of the New World are depicted as well as the magic world of theatre. The audience appreciates color in the same manner as one would be flavoring an exquisite, well decorated dish with their eyes before even having tasted it and much more, when the painting is delved into in detail. Images dating back to the beginning of the XIX century arise out of the earthy background wearing European style costumes and participating of lovely social gatherings where intellectuals got together, dancing minuets and quadrilles and ladies displayed their musical talents on the piano by candlelight, accompanied by their faithful servants. ROJO recreates with few colors without hiding his profound appreciation for Uruguayan Master Pedro Fígaro, the era during which Spain held control of the region as well as the outbreak of national feelings; ascertaining his love and admiration for historical events and through his work the artist conveys an unmistakable ambiance connected to that period of time.
Irma Aguado (Director of the National Commission of the “Manzana de las Luces”).