Cedric Cocoyer creates vivacious acrylic paintings that sing with symbolism. Cocoyer’s work shows influence from both African tribal art and the cartoon-like work of Keith Haring. He paints in broad, simple planes that are brashly color-blocked. He keeps his palette to one or two saturated, flat tones, contrasted with deep black shadows. There are no textures, shades, or even background of any kind, only the interplay of unwieldy lines and confrontational colors.
This minimalism applies to Cocoyer’s figures. They are without facial features, distinguishable clothing, or even fingers and toes. Yet, they are the most expressive of figures: they dance, embrace, yell, and even do such undefinable things as love and yearn. Cocoyer uses the universal signifiers of body language, stars, hearts, and other elements of the earth to tell his stories. He describes creating this aesthetic not as painting reality, but “painting my reality.”
Cocoyer was born in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, where he continues to work today. He is also a writer of songs, poetry, and screenplays.