A self-taught artist, Cohen has a long history of creative entrepreneurial pursuits as a jewelry designer, art director, food blogger, and stylist. Responding to the materials or ingredients in each of these creative endeavors is much the same as constructing a painting for the artist- layering the elements until she achieves a rich, deep history. The results are a rhythmic, satisfying order to what might seem like very unexpected combinations.
Carla Cohen’s work speaks a language of bold forms and textures based on structures of high contrast graphic shapes. Her process is very improvisational, responding to the materials at hand and intuitively bringing order and structure to the varied elements. Through multilayered mixed media, she explores the connections of shape and line, pattern, and color.
Ms. Cohen’s work has been featured in several issues of Vanity Fair magazine and in international exhibitions. Additionally, her work is included in the public collection of Boston Children’s Hospital and many private collections throughout the US and Europe. She is a founding member of Global Atelier 21, an international group of women artists focused on building community and exhibition opportunities. Currently living and painting in the Midwest, Carla Cohen calls Minneapolis, Minnesota home.