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Yvette Cohen

Artist Biography

Approaching art as a natural evolution, Yvette is driven by the anticipation of creating something entirely new that has never existed before. Her paintings and drawings are flat, yet define volumes and space. Viewers are drawn in to experience this space beyond the borders of paper and canvas.

Yvette was born in Cairo, Egypt and raised in Paris and Montreal. After receiving a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, she moved to New York where she continued her education at the Art Student's League, the School of Visual Arts, and the Whitney seminars. For a year she worked in lithography at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. In 1983 she established Plum Graphics Inc. a greeting card company.
In 2004 she returned to the studio to pursue
her fine art full time.
She lives and works in New York City.


I make art that transforms space.
I draw and I paint. Drawing is an
adventure as I feel my way around a
sheet of paper. I paint when there
are shapes and colors I want to
explore. My oil paintings of geometric
masses of color on shaped canvas
look sculptural, but mount flat on
the wall. My drawings and paintings
become objects in their own right, to
fluctuate between flatness and volume,
bridging the divide between sculpture,
painting and drawing. Often grouped in
diptychs, triptychs, or more, the
surrounding space is activated, so that
the entire wall becomes the canvas.

Inspired by vast open landscapes.
My work is elastic. Paintings float in
space. Drawings zoom in to focus on
subtle intimate details. I use my
tools…shape, color, line, and space
to connect to the outside world.

I strive to work beyond the boundaries
of the familiar to have the work evolve
naturally. It’s a wabi-sabi thing. Process
is visible. Brushstrokes, and underlying
brushstrokes, reveal themselves. It’s not
perfect. The work keeps on growing.

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