Tom Cocotos

by on August 14, 2014

ARTIST STATEMENT

Beguile

This compelling creature is a riddle.
Slash of yellow, tear of black,
Golden tapestry,
Sun-strike, match-lit burst of brilliance.
The beguiling bee, the nectar hunter keeps busy
every 24 hours with the same species of flower.
Strategy melts away into diligent, rigorous, genetically-patterned,
unrelenting, Herculean productivity.

With only 42 days to live, the tireless worker bee pushes to the limit.
She finds the nectar, eats the pollen.
Flowers sustain her; she sustains flowers and fruit and life.

Cocotos’ precise rendering of the brilliance of life thru
Depictions of her death, deepens the riddle.
With an empathy for one’s fragility,
There is beauty in the deterioration and decay.
The bee’s glorious life is quickly consumed.


CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in NYC, lives and works in NYC.

Residencies

2015 The Writer’s Foundry, St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, New York
2014 Tempelhof Kunst Residency, Berlin, Germany
2014 PANAL 361 Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2009-2015 ArtCenter/South Florida Residency, Miami Beach, FL

Education

MFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
BS Columbia University School of Engineering, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Musetta Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2015 The Diabetic Bee, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
2014 The Bees of Berlin, Bredok, Berlin, Germany
2014 The Bees of Buenos Aires, PANAL 361, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 Beguile, Englewood Center at Ringling College of Art + Design
2014 Spring: Meat me with the birds & the bees, Windows at Walgreens, Miami Beach, FL
2012 Flesh + Bone, Piegatto Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2011 Beyond The Walls (2 person exhibit), JG Platform Gallery, Wynwood, FL
2011 Mindful Matter, Windows at Walgreens, Miami Beach, FL
2010 The Imaginators, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
1999 Portraits, VH1, New York, NY
1995 The Anatomy of Flesh, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Social Club, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL

2014 EGGO Art Fair, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 We Tell Stories, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Piegatto Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala

2013 Winning Art, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2013 Abracadabra, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

2012 Miami Basel, No Mad Art Fair, Miami, FL
2012 Print Matters, ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach, FL
2012 Art Live! Fair, Miami, FL
2012 61st Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
2012 Winning Art, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2012 Abracadabra, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

2011 Miami Basel, Pulse Art Fair, Miami, FL
2011 Center of Attention, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2011 Creative Carnival, Art Directors Club, New York, NY
2011 Wynwood Art Fair, Miami, FL
2011 Faces, Abba Fine Art, Miami, FL
2011 Alegre, Pink Bastard/Alberto Linero Gallery, Miami, FL
2011 Newly Juried Artists Exhibition, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2010 Drawn Together, The Leslie Lohman Gallery, Soho, NY
2010 Leslie Lohman Charity Auction, Soho, NY
2010 Winning Art!, Richard Shack Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2010 Hope Blossoms, The Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL
2010 Erotic Art Show, The Center Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2009 Images of Love, Lust and Longing, The Center Gallery, Chelsea
2009 Hope Blossoms, The Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL
2009 Masters Mystery Art Show, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
2009 Erotic Art Show, The Center Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2008 ICON Roadshow, The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY

2007 Dirty Little Drawings, Leslie Lohman Gallery, Soho, NY
2007 Boybordello, Leslie Lohman Gallery, Soho, NY
2007 American Illustration Chosen, Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, NY

2006 Picture Show, The Art Directors Club, Chelsea, NY

2005 Tear Sheet, Sang-Myung University Hyehwa-dong Gallery, Korea

2004 Bombshell: A Visual Exhibition of the Female Terrorist,
The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City, NY
2004 Horizons of Illustration, Checkoslovakia
2004 Picture Show, The Art Directors Club, Chelsea, NY
2004 X-cultural Relationships, Long Island City, NY

2003 Naked, Leslie Lohman Gallery, Soho, NY
2003 Erotic Expo, Copacabana, New York, NY
2003 Annual Juried Show, The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, CA
2003 The Greatest Album Covers Never Made, Track 16 Gallery, Bergnot Station, Los Angeles, CA
2003 The Greatest Album Covers Never Made, Rock + Roll Hall of Fame, Detroit, MI
2003 The Magazine Rack, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2002 3 Dimensional, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
2002 Annual Juried Show, The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, CA
2002 RSVP Hot!, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

2001 American Illustration Juried Show, New York, NY
2001 Annual Juried Show, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

2000 RSVP Self Portraits, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
2000 12th Annual 3D Awards Show, The Society of Illustrators, New York, NY

1995 New Voices, Puerto Diaz Gallery, East Village, NY

1994 The Turning Page, The Art Directors Club, New York, NY
1994 Group Show, Puerto Diaz Gallery, East Village, NY
1994 Food + French American Friendship, French Consulate, New York, NY
1994 A Taste of France, World Trade Center, New York, NY

Awards

2015 Bee chosen for American Illustration 34
2014 Two bees selected for American Illustration 33
2012 Selected for 61st Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition
2002 3 Dimensional + Digital Illustrators (2 bronze awards)
2002 Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (bronze medal)
2001 Society of Illustrators of New York
2000 Gold Addy Award
1998 American Illustration
1998 Folio Magazine’s Ozzy Awards (silver + bronze medals)
1997 The Simon Rockower/Noah Bee Award
1994+1995 The School of Visual Arts Merit Scholarship

 

 


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