As a child Tom Cocotos did not speak until he was five and found himself instead tearing and cutting up magazine pages, deconstructing and then reconstructing the text and images into something totally new which he would use to communicate with his family.
The artist’s idiosyncratic collaged portraits have been commissioned by many collectors nationally and internationally, from New York, Saudi Arabia, Moscow, Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Mexico City. Recent bodies of work include “Beguile” (depictions of the industrious, life-giving honey bee); Butcher Paper (metaphorical renderings of cuts of beef and lamb); and The Imaginators (insightful portraits of intriguing friends of the artist).
Cocotos is based in New York. This past year he held artist residencies in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Miami, with one-person exhibitions in all three cities. His award-winning images have graced book covers and the pages of many major publications including the New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Playboy and National Geographic.