My paintings and drawings are looking glasses into the portals of my existence. I was born with a strong need to paint my world, make it visible, tangible, and surround myself with it, learn by it, and share it. At a very young age this need incubated and grew out of a deep knowing that words, point blank, would never be enough for me to express with.
When I am not making art there is a real distinct kind of restlessness inside of me; when I am making art, I’m fleeing that feeling and soaring to the highest peak I could go to, where infinite freedom lays its head down solid and a myriad of passions coexist and fly out from my soul. It is the time I feel most alive with every vein pulsating in harmony.
Creativity is my euphoric love affair; it is a self imposed vow, a dedication, a stampede to every vital core. It means the quest to know and understand myself better, a way by which I can communicate by using a language that is all my own. I empty out to fill up again, I go to place where I meet myself and I dance the eternal dance.
All that I behold beautiful and enlightening in this world, all my experiences, travels, and everything which ignites my spirit and inspires me, becomes stirred into one celebrated brew, and then sifts through on to the paper or canvas. Faces interest me greatly, the characteristics and arts of various cultures, music, fashion, art history, the great artists of the past as well as the present. While I’m painting emotions run free and an immeasurable focus takes its grip and I begin to conduct and express with the paint an intrinsic song of lines, colors and forms. I love to experiment with many mediums although lately I am mainly working in oil, acrylic, ink, watercolor and collage.
I thrive on the process of creating; the most important thing has always been the journey itself for it is during the journey the gates are unlocked and only the purest of truths flood out.
Micci Cohan, a painter and graphic artist was born and raised in New-Rochelle, New York. She was selected to study printmaking at the N.Y. State Summer school of Visual Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. during high school where she received an Award of Merit. She moved to New York City's Lower East Side in 1983 to study painting and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and while there studied under many influential artists such as the painter Sean Scully. During her school years she was grateful for the experience of having worked as an assistant for several professional painters, one of them being, Miriam Schapiro, one of the founders of the, “Pattern and Decoration Movement”. She recalls this period working for these artists as a time when an immeasurable source of inspiration and insight came flooding in as she experienced each artist’s creative process and what the professional life of an artist is really like. As time followed, it would have a great impact on her work ethics as an artist and her own career.
Cohan has exhibited professionally for 25 years and her work is in several private collections. Her exhibitions include many other venues such as boutiques, restaurants, café’s and theaters. She also has created posters for the prestigious Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater and her work has been auctioned off alongside such famous American and European Artists as Calder, Haring and Miro. Cohan spends most of her time in NYC and frequently travels to those places which creatively inspire her most, particularly, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, and Mexico.
Her paintings have been described to have a unique timelessness that surpasses current trends and categorizations. They celebrate a vibrant world splashed with the color of innocent glamour and unbridled sensuality. An energetic and innovative artist, she epitomizes the artist’s role to use art to convey the culture and historical content of today and sets the highest standards of creative expression.
Her wish is that her art moves the viewer in some way creating a moment for them. That they might be awakened to her sense of passion and spirit and their world somehow become enhanced by it.