Connection is at the heart of Nicole Cooper's mission.
Cooper's figurative oil paintings explore humanity as a living, interwoven force. Her work seeks to provide space to process complex emotions brought on by our climate crisis, creating a pathway toward connection, understanding, and action. Each work reflects real feelings—worry, fear, but also connection, strength—that become vivid manifestations of the life force inside the flesh and blood body.
Nicole Cooper (American, 1983) lives and works in New York City as an artist and climate advocate in renewable energy. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) and has completed the Yale Norfolk School of Art Summer Residency with Yale University (Norfolk, CT). Her work resides in private collections across the US and in Italy. Cooper's most recent solo exhibitions include "Living Resonance: Paintings by Nicole Cooper" at Angad Arts Hotel (St. Louis, MO), "Pivotal: Recent Paintings by Nicole Cooper" at Fontbonne University Fine Art Gallery (St. Louis, MO), and "Nicole Cooper: Interwoven" at the Schmidt Art Center (Belleville, IL). She has exhibited in several group exhibitions in notable venues like Duane Reed Gallery, COCA Millstone Gallery, Art St. Louis, and the Foundry Art Center and has participated in the Open Studios STL organized by the Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, MO).