Macario "Jun" Roco Jr. is a fine artist from the province of Quezon. He was born in San Francisco, Quezon, on November 8, 1969. At a young age, he already showed a passion for drawing caricatures and applying various colors to his sketchpad, which later became his hobby. During his early days in college, he was inspired to join the Tanay Artist Group and debuted his first exhibit in 1986. In 1990, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Painting at the Philippine Women's University in Biñan, Laguna. After college, he worked for various companies to practice his profession until 2007, when he crossed a threshold in his career in Guangzhou, China. After his success abroad, he returned to the Philippines and relished the opportunities waiting for him with the Tanay Artist Group that led him to conduct a series of exhibits: in 2015–2017, Likhang Sining, the yearly group exhibit in Tanay; in 2017 "Art and Music Festival" in Baras, Rizal; "Rizal Art Festival" in Tanay; "Art Asia Gallery Group Exhibit" in SM Megamall; "Colors of May" Nineveh Gallery in Sta. Cruz, Laguna; "Smile and Shine Tanay" the 7th Tanay Hane Festival; in 2018 "Ani ng Sining" in the City Hall of Antipolo, Rizal; "Tatlong Malikhaing ARTISTahin ng Tanay" in Amorsolo Square in Rockwell.
Most of his works are inspired by the great Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci, who once stated that "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.". It is from this quote that Jun Roco was inspired to start his journey as an artist. Viewers will have a profound experience with his works and will be in awe of his mastery of expressing various interpretations.
As a nature lover, he has a great interest in landscapes and seascapes. He made several paintings depicting nature to give meaning to the natural resources around us. His astonishing skills are evident in his portrayals of flowers like orchids. With his remarkable use of color and mastery of light and shadow, his works come to life and give a feeling of comfort to his viewers.
He is also known for his nude portrayals to show his appreciation of the divine work of our creator.
His "Mother and Child" painting exhibits the message to give honor and appreciation to mothers who never cease to love their children.
Roco's still life paintings exhibit his delicate but meticulous technique. His paintings are based on the manifestations of his subconscious mind. With his paintings, he projects the life of a distinct individual, the importance of objects even in their smallest details, and the things people strive to achieve from their endeavors.
All these were made possible by his fortitude in facing the trials of life and how difficult they could be, and his unwavering passion for painting, which served as fuel to always keep him moving.