Nicole Cooper’s work uses figurative oil painting to explore humanity as a growing force. What started as curious paintings rooted in evolutionary biology have quickly evolved to express the artist’s growing concern for an uncertain future.


Painting is an extension of her climate advocacy. As we are stricken with pandemic, climate emergency and social inequity that challenges the human species, Cooper is in pursuit of a creative vision for the inner change necessary to adapt.


Her paintings reflect real feelings—worry, fear, connection, strength—that become vivid manifestations of the life force inside the flesh and blood body.

Nicole Cooper (American, b. 1983) lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. 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). Cooper's previous solo exhibitions were at the Schmidt Art Center (Belleville, IL) and Space Architecture and Design (St. Louis, MO). She has exhibited in several group exhibitions in notable venues like 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).