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.
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 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.