By means of a realistic figurative painting of classical tradition, Dorian Cohen focuses on the creation of an urban imagery among landscapes, mirages and naturalistic genre scenes. Organized in a series of images, his work builds a genealogy of urban narratives by studying the pictorial and narrative mechanics at work beween each of these series.

Dorian Cohen is a young French painter born in 1987. He lives and works in Paris. He has a degree in urban design and engineering and is self-taught as a painter. His paintings were revealed to the art world in 2017 during the 62nd Montrouge Salon. In 2018, he won the Colas Foundation Award and in 2019 he was nominated for the 10th edition of the Sciences PO Contemporary Art Award.

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    Born in 1987 in Paris, lives in Paris and works in Aubervillers
    Self-taught in painting
    Master diplome in Municipal Engineering, Urbanism and Architecture, 2011

    COLLECTIONS

    Fondation Colas
    Fond GreenFlex d’Art Contemporain
    Fond d’Art Contemporain Municipal Ville d’Ivry-sur-Seine
    Collection de l’Association Florence pour l’Art Contemporain

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2021
    Bien que cela soit naturel, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France

    2020
    Même le ciel sera vert, UGC Artbox, Bruxelles, Belgique
    Nous danserons un jour ensemble, L’aparté, Iffendic, France

    2019
    Même le ciel sera vert, Galerie LPD’O, Brussels, Belgium
    «Des villes,des spectacles,une histoire», 2Angles, Flers, France
    Gardens, La Ritournelle, Chateauroux, France

    2016
    Itinere, L’ A.R.P.A.C., Montpellier, France

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2020
    Jeune Création 70, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France
    Le pouvoir se charge de vous, Galerie Jeune Cration, Paris, France
    L’écho du silence, 16K, Kremlin-Bicêtre, France
    Art au Centre #3, Liège, Belgium
    Momentum, Galerie Episodiques, Paris, France
    Lauréats du Prix Master Toile, Mairie de Barbezieux, Barbezieux Saint-Hilaire, France

    2019
    The Nationa(a)l artist supermarket, Brussels, Belgium
    10ème Edition du Prix Sciences Po, Paris, France
    Twenty Five elements, Espace Commines, Paris, France

    2018
    Fondation Colas, Paris, France
    Park, Atelier W, duo avec Lucie Douriaud, Pantin, France
    Repetition as originality, 6B, Saint-Denis, France

    2017
    L’esprit du temps, Espace Commines, Paris, France
    Kids Commissaires, Galerie Arty Family, Paris, France
    62ème Salon de Montrouge, commissariat Ami Barak, Montrouge, France
    L’Urbain, Galerie Episodiques, Paris, France

    2016
    Cabane Georgina #03, Marseille, France
    CRAC 2016, Maison des Arts, Champigny-sur-Marne, France
    Parcours d’Artistes, Les Passerelles, Pontault Combault, France

    2015
    «Rêver peut-être», Galerie La Ralentie, Paris, France

    AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

    2020
    Winner of Master Toile Schorlarship

    2019
    Prize of Sciences PO for Comtemporary Art , nominated
    Artist in residence, L’Aparté, Trèmelin, France
    Artist in residence, 2angles, Flers, France
    Le Souffle, Sion, Winner of BeeMedias Schorlarship

    2018
    Winner of Prize Fondation Colas

    PUBLICATIONS

    2020
    Nous danserons un jour ensemble, Editions L’ Aparté Centre d’Art
    2017
    Catalogue du 62ème Salon de Montrouge
    L’ Art et ses Objets, Gaya Goldcymer, édition La Galerie Episodiques
    2016
    Catalogue d’exposition CRAC 2016

    TV / VIDEO / PODCAST

    2020
    Court-Métrage, «Echo du Silence», WIPART
    Podcast «Dorian’s studio», The Room Projects

    2018
    Court-Métrage, «Dorian Cohen», WIPART

    2017
    France 2, «Les grands de demain s’exposent», Télématin

    Text from the catalogue of 62th Salon de Montrouge
    By Anne-Sarah Benichou

    With his incredibly detailed gurative painting, Dorian Cohen reveals the beauty and 57 strangeness of the great anonymous and artificial urban spaces that surround us. Halfway between a Caravaggio touch, in which collide an unbridled baroque nature and an antique ideal of perfection, and an admiration for Poussin’s rigor in his precise touch and the gran- diloquence of his compositions, Cohen’s landscapes, with their extreme formats (either very small or very large), confront examples of motorway infrastructure with unusual architectures and an abundant, troubling and even hostile nature, in an almost surrealist and strange interplay.

    There is never any direct human presence in his works, just the evocation of man leaving his imprint on the landscape through its disproportionate and almost unreal constructions, like the curving motorway interchanges that ll the series Départ en vacances (Going on Holiday), begun in 2015. By reconnecting with a very classical practice of oil painting—proceeding by successive layers, “fat over lean,” but also by choosing particular surfaces like these very small panels of varnished wood that recall Dutch still lifes—Dorian Cohen intelligently uses the history of painting to serve his discourse about the modern world, and man’s relation to his environment, and praise the beauty of contemporary construction. Trained as a civil engineer before completely devoting himself to art, his work is lled with this technical, almost anal rigor, but also with a whiff of madness that, through discreet little touches, jostles the great concrete edifices, impressive and artificial, that we erect on Earth.