Born 1974 in Avignon, France. Lives and works in New York, USA.
Coco Dolle is a New York based artist and curator whose work explores themes of the body, identity and feminism. While working between the lines of drawing, painting and movement techniques, Dolle’s practice challenges the confines of social stereotypes and examines the image of women in society.
In 2008, she founded the Legacy Fatale project combining her dance background with notions of mysticism and punk female leadership. And in 2014, she developed her curatorial eponym, Milk and Night producing feminist exhibition concepts while building her community.
She studied contemporary dance in her teens from Les Hivernales d'Avignon, street jazz from celebrity choreographer Mia Frye at the Paris Marais School and African dance at the Broadway Dance Center in New York. Later on at the Art Student’s League of New York, she studied abstract painting with pop art pioneer Larry Poons while working as a model for downtown avant-guard designers and acclaimed artists such as Alex Katz, Vanessa Beecroft, Elisa Jimenez, Pierrot and Miguel Adrover. She became the muse of many photographers and appeared in Vogue, WWD, Dazed and Confused.
A regular attendee of sculptor Louise Bourgeois’ Sunday Salons in Chelsea, Coco was then exposed to a more conceptual perception of the female body. She developed her own work revisiting iconographic images from art history and pop culture and got her first solo exhibition of pop paintings at Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC in 2007. That same year the seminal group exhibition “WACK: Art and the feminist revolution” presented at PS1, determined her path in becoming an advocate for women artists and female empowerment. In 2010, Coco made a series of paintings after iconic imagery in women’s history. She produced buttons that she offered to acclaimed artist Yoko Ono, from which she received personal encouragement.
Over the past decade, Coco has developed a personal mode of working that merges the roles of artist, curator and performer. She has exhibited and performed widely including at The Queens Museum (NY), Czech Center (NYC), 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), Catinca Tabacaru Gallery (NYC), Mary Ryan Gallery (NYC), Yukiko Kawase Galerie (France), The Untitled Space and Deitch Projects (NYC).
She was an artist-in-residence at Gallery Sensei NYC (2014-2015), Grace Exhibition Space Brooklyn (2016-2017), Alexandra Arts Manchester Foundation UK (2016), Rosekill International Performance Art Residency NY (2017-2018).
Coco Dolle is a grant recipient of Arts Council England (2016) and the Art Student's League of New York (1999). Her work 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. 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