French-born & New York based, Coco Dolle is a visual artist, performer and curator whose work explores themes of sexuality and gender dynamics. Her drawings, paintings and performance art projects invite a contemplation on female identity, women's symbology and the construction of the self. She is the founder of the Legacy Fatale project and the director of concept curatorial Milk and Night. Her work has been exhibited and performed at The Queens Museum (NY), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (NYC), Mary Ryan Gallery (NYC), Yukiko Kawase Galerie (France), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), Manchester Art Gallery (United Kingdom), Armory Show (NYC), Miami Art Basel (FL), Berkeley Museum (CA), Spring/Break Art Show (NY), and Deitch Projects (NYC). She has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes Magazine, ArtForum, ArtNews, Creators Project, Vice Magazine, The New York Times, Time Out New York, Steidz Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, NY Observer and Purple Magazine.
Coco Dolle is a grant recipient of Arts Council England/Alexandra Arts UK (2016) and the Art Student's League of New York (1999). She was an artist-in-residence at Grace Exhibition Space (2016-2017), Alexandra Arts Manchester Foundation UK (2016), Rosekill International Performance Art Residency (2017-2018) and Gallery Sensei (2014-2015). Ms. Dolle's works are included in numerous private and corporate collections including, Warburg Pincus, LLC, Tim Hunt (Andy Warhol Foundation), The Cleveland Clinic, Jeffrey Lee (Ryan/Lee Gallery) and CCBF.
Early formative years: Coco Dolle was born in Avignon, France in 1974. She grew up contemplating the landscape of Provence while surrounded by the famous International Theatre Festival of Avignon. She received an early classical training in ballet and contemporary dance from Le Conservatoire de Danse and studied Jazz with celebrity choreographer Mia Frye at le Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris (1989-1994). Influenced by her interest in pop-art, the visual arts of Cocteau, Magritte and Nikki de Saint-Phale, Coco moved to New York in 1997 to study painting and drawing at The Art Students League and the New York Studio School from which she received a painting grants. While studying Coco became part of the downtown New York art scene modeling for numerous photographers, fashion designers and significant artists such as Alex Katz, Andres Serrano, Mary Rozzi, Steven Meisel and Vanessa Beecroft. She was the official muse of knitwear designer Pierrot, Inc and appeared in many fashion magazine including Vogue and WWD (1999-2004). A regular attendee of French sculptor Louise Bourgeois' famous Sunday Salons, Coco further developed her personal practice experimenting a variety of other mediums such as photography, collages and video art. Her first solo shows feature a series of paintings inspired by pop culture at Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC (2007) and Yukiko Kawase Galerie, Paris (2005).
• About LEGACY FATALE: Started in 2008, the Legacy Fatale performance art project draws from modern dance techniques and the phenomenology of the body while exploring notions of territorialities, matrilenage and female leadership. Artists, performers, dancers, and healers are invited to site-specific choreography and happenings. Legacy Fatale was an artist-in-residence at Alexandra Arts Foundation (Manchester, UK 2016) and performance art gallery Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY 2016).
• About MILK AND NIGHT: Curated exhibitions and performance events focused on artists exploring feminism with an inter-sectional and inter-generational approach. Artists included in curated exhibitions and events are such as the Guerrilla Girls, Betty Tompkins, Narcissister, Kembra Pfahler, Erin M. Riley, India Salvor Menuez, Leah DeVun, Cindy Hinant, Ann Liv Young.