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    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 between 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.