Coco Dolle is a French-American artist whose work explores themes in phenomenology, identity and feminism. Using a variety of medium including line drawing, painting, photography, installation art, time-based media and performance, Dolle’s practice challenges the confines of social stereotypes and examines the position of women in culture.
Over the past decade, Coco has developed a personal mode of working that merges the roles of artist, curator and performer. In 2008, she founded her performance art project Legacy Fatale , built on notions of ancient mysticism and punk leadership. And in 2014, she started a curatorial eponym, Milk and Night , a female-focused exhibition platform based on concepts of inclusivity.
With a dance background rooted in jazz and theatrical dance, she has spent years as a professional dancer, model and visual artist in New York, working with the avant-guard creative and fashion scenes. She studied abstract painting in the late 1990’s with Larry Poons at the Art Student’s League of New York while working as a model for downtown avant-guard designers, photographers and acclaimed artists such as Alex Katz, Vanessa Beecroft, Steven Klein, Elisa Jimenez, Pierrot, Mary Rozzi, Ellen Jong, Katrin Thomas, Geoffroy de Boisemenu, Tess Giberson, Miguel Adrover and many more. She appeared in Vogue, WWD, Dazed and Confused.
A regular attendee of sculptor Louise Bourgeois’ Artist Sunday Salons in the early 2000s in Chelsea, Coco was then exposed to a more conceptual perception of the female body. She developed her visual arts revisiting iconographic images from art history and pop culture and got her first solo exhibition of pop paintings in 2007 at Mary Ryan Gallery while developing a strong performance practice during her annual participation at the downtown Deitch Projects Art Parade. During her pregnancy in 2010, Coco made a series of paintings after iconic imagery that she presented to acclaimed artist Yoko Ono, from which she received personal encouragement. She then focused on performance art during the early years of motherhood and further developed her “Legacy Fatale” concept project.
Coco is a grant recipient of Arts Council England (2016) and the Art Student's League of New York (1999). She was an artist-in-residence at Grace Exhibition Space Brooklyn (2016-2017), Alexandra Arts Manchester Foundation UK (2016) and Gallery Sensei NYC (2014-2015) and a curator-in-residence at The Untitled Space (2016-2017) and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery NYC (2017-2018).
Her work has been exhibited and performed widely including at The Queens Museum (NY), Czech Center (NYC), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (NYC), Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Manchester Art Gallery (United Kingdom), Armory Show (NYC), Miami Art Basel (FL), Berkeley Museum (CA), Spring/Break Art Show (NY), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (NYC), Mary Ryan Gallery (NYC), Yukiko Kawase Galerie (France) and Deitch Projects (NYC).
Coco’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes Magazine, ArtForum, ArtNews, Creators Project, Vice Magazine, W Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Sun, Time Out New York, Steidz Magazine, Brooklyn Rail, NY Observer and Purple Magazine.
Her works are included in numerous private and corporate collections in the USA, Europe and Japan including at Warburg Pincus, LLC, Tim Hunt (Andy Warhol Foundation), The Cleveland Clinic and the Children Cancer & Blood Foundation.
Coco Dolle was born 1974 in Avignon, France. She lives and works between New York, USA and Rochefort-du-Gard, France.