The First, USA, 2015
Acrylic on Canvas
60″ W x 72″ H
Ezra Cohen, born in 1993 in New York City, is a contemporary artist known for his large, vibrant abstract paintings. His uniquely informed approach to color and composition have attracted the attention to designers and collectors globally.
At the age of 16, Cohen began studying at the Art Students League of New York under Abstract Expressionist artist Knox Martin. Martin is one of the remaining members of the New York School, which came to prominence in the mid 1940s as action painting was changing the course of American art. Cohen’s paintings channel elements of the iconic energy attributed to the Abstract Expressionists while their distinct sophistication of palate distinguish them as uniquely Cohen’s . As Martin’s teachings encouraged Cohen to explore art across time, the artist has turned to the works of earlier masters, from Titian to Matisse, for inspiration.
Cohen’s paintings have been exhibited in numerous New York art shows and open studios. In 2013, Cohen created a pop-up exhibition, “Paint on Canvas.” At what would be a sold out show, his works caught the public eye of collectors and curators. Today, Cohen has work represented in over 30 collections across the United States and Europe. In 2015, Cohen was awarded the Fantasy Fountain Fund Scholarship to attend an art residency at the Marchutz School in Aix en Provence, France. A member of the Art Students League of New York, he continues to study under Knox Martin, and shares a studio with his longtime mentor, artist Edla Cusick, in Hell’s Kitchen. Cohen has studied at NYU in the Visionary Studio Program as well as at The Fashion Institute for Technology. He is also cofounder of Work in Progress, a collective of New York City based music, video and visual artists.
Acrylic on Canvas
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