I thrive on creating! It is when I feel most alive, it is the language I know best. As a child I knew the spoken word alone would never be enough to express my feelings and communicate with. When I started to experience the immense power of transformation and healing art was giving me I was transfixed forever and so then, from that moment of revelation my journey and life as an artist had begun.
The artist Frank Stella once said, “I don’t like to say I have given my life to art, I prefer to say, art has given me life.” Yes! This pretty much nails it!
That supreme wonderful and mystical journey I find myself on in the midst of creating something has always been the most sacred time for me. I liken it to resemble a kind of euphoric stampede to all that is my vital core. An absolute essential, poetic and mighty time when the soul’s gates are unlocked and only the purest of truths flood forward and outward enabling me to then gain the most clarity and understanding of myself and the world I live in.
I set out to capture my breath, to find the essence of my own existence to share and communicate with the world what I need to. To make tangible my internal landscape by connecting pieces of images from my experiences, imagination and all that inspires me, all which I behold beautiful and what I feel most passionate about. I hope my excitement for each piece permeates through to the viewer as it does for me. That the color and imagery might influences their soul in some way. Ultimately, it is not what a painting means that is important, it is to experience it and to have the freedom to interpret it as the viewer wishes too.
Mixed-media artist Micci Cohan is best known for her eclectic vibrant expressive works, colorful palette and engaging dynamic imagery. She received a B.F.A. in painting at Parsons School of Design and studied printmaking at Fredonia College of Art. After living in NYC and being actively immersed in the art culture there for thirty plus years, she moved to Long Beach in 2013 and has called it home ever since.
Along with exhibiting her art and selling hundred of artworks both in the U.S. and internationally she also found herself over the years taking on an array of creative projects involving many alternate venues. One such one, being quite the game changer was being a co-owner of a restaurant in the Lower East Side that had a wildly successful run and where along with all the biz side, she also ran a consistent showing of her art and other artists.
She has done private commissions as well as ones for notable clients such as, The Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater, a New York City theater institution, as well as album covers for indie bands such as Salt Cathedral. She’s had paintings auctioned off alongside American and European Artists, including Calder, Haring, and Miro and has acquired collectors worldwide. Micci also had a successful run as a jewelry designer for years, has given both jewelry and mixed media workshops, taught art and most recently, has been deeply passionate about helping people who are physically and mentally challenged by implementing creative therapeutic based programs which she claims by far was the most rewarding creative experience.
Currently, she still loves to mix the art biz up with, art teaching, creative workshops, design projects, and freelance work and she started working on a new body of work this fall which is heavily inspired by her life by the sea and her collected artifacts from her coastal adventures.