An absolute must see and quick as you can before the end of May as the Maddox Gallery is featuring the work of Coco Dávez in her first solo exhibition in the UK right now. Running until 31st May 2019, Dávez’s works of art are a diverse blend of cultural and historical influences from artists, celebrities and musicians to film characters.
Recently making it onto Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ list as one of the most influential artists in the world right now, Coco Dávez’s signature style is almost instantly recognisable. With unconstrained brushworks and pure acrylic on canvas, she primarily experiments with colour and shapes, paying homage to artists who have inspired her practice over the years.
The new ‘Faceless’ exhibition highlights society’s obsession with icons, portraying a range of famous and notable people in striking portraits from Amy Winehouse, Michael Cain to Andy Warhol in bright rich colours with dark shadows for contrast. Dávez sought to create a combination of neorealism and pop art, with a decision to remove facial features from her work – which also adds a really fun abstract layer to each painting. The viewer almost has to guess who the painting portrays.
Who is Coco Dávez?
Coco Dávez is the alter-ego of Valeria Palmiero. A self-taught artist from Madrid, who loves to utilise a mix of artistic mediums such as fashion illustration, photography and painting. Her career began in 2010 in London whilst working as an illustrator for El Mundo (a Spanish newspaper), where she was recognised for her vibrant and unique style. Dávez has since collaborated with an impressive range of high-end brands including Chanel, Dior, Prada, Vogue, Samsung, Bombay Sapphire, Kenzo, Nespresso and many, many more.
The ‘Faceless’ exhibition will be displayed at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove until 31st May 2019 and is free to visit.
Images: Coco Dávez