Pat Rocha was born the seventh of ten siblings in 1959. Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, he was introduced to art at a young age after attending a junior high school art show which featured works from his two older brothers. From then on he was drawing anything he could imagine and was rarely seen without a pencil stub in his hand. A self-taught artist without any formal training, drawing became second nature and would soon blossom to include oil- painting, illustration and sculpture. But a certain childhood experience would ultimately play an integral role in his future and current work. As a young boy he briefly lived in a house that was mysteriously occupied by unexpected guests. A real life haunted house. One so heavy with spirits that at one point a priest was summoned to the residence and placed crucifixes to all the corners. This sparked a heavy interest in the supernatural and all things unexplainable. Television was also just becoming common in American households and shows such as Dark Shadows, Outer Limits and the Twilight Zone were a fixture in his home and made a big impression.
At age 20, Pat fathered two sons, Luke and Patrick Jr. and started working full time in the Dental Arts, designing crowns and bridges and building porcelain. He worked at several different dental labs before eventually starting his own for brief period of time. All of this while still pursing artistic endeavors on the side through freelance illustration and commercial works. Providing illustrations for clients such as the KC Star, Nanoos & Gray, Artex, KC Rescue Mission and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). In 1989 he got a job as a Courtroom Artist for Kansas City’s WDAF-TV, drawing sketches for many local high profile cases such as the Marc Sappington, John Robinson and Copland Killings trials.
As the Courtroom gigs slowed down and the dental business was becoming a bit monotonous he began to rethink his career and follow his true passion and try his hand at becoming an artist full-time. Shows in New York, LA and Miami soon followed. His work has also been featured in a number of notable publications such as Juxtapoz Magazine, The Lead (Miami) and the Oxford American to name a few.
Pat currently works from his home studio in Kansas City, Missouri with his two cats, Abel and Molly.