Born 1974 in Avignon, France. Lives and works between New York, USA and Rochefort-du-Guard, France.
Coco Dolle is a French-American artist and curator whose work explores themes of the body, identity and feminism. While working between the lines of drawing, painting and performance art, Dolle’s practice challenges the confines of social stereotypes and examines the role of women in culture.
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 while developing her own work. She studied abstract painting with Larry Poons at the Art Student’s League of New York and modeled for acclaimed artists such as Alex Katz and Vanessa Beecroft.
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 Legacy Fatale performance art project, built on notions of ancient mysticism and punk female leadership. And in 2014, she developed her curatorial eponym, Milk and Night producing feminist exhibition concepts while building her community.
Her work has been 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).
Coco Dolle was an artist-in-residence at Grace Exhibition Space Brooklyn (2016-2017), Alexandra Arts Manchester Foundation UK (2016), Gallery Sensei NYC (2014-2015). Her “Legacy Fatale” performance project is an annual resident opening the season of the Rosekill Performance Art Estate, NY since 2016.
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.
Coco is a grant recipient of Arts Council England (2016) and the Art Student's League of New York (1999). Her 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 the Children Cancer & Blood Foundation.
Early formative years as a model/muse/dancer:
Coco Dolle studied contemporary dance in her teens from Les Hivernales d'Avignon in France, and street jazz with 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.