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Inspired by popular culture and illustrated realism, Coco Dávez is a multi-faceted artist whose work primarily plays with colour and shape. Renowned for her pure use of acrylic paint and unconstrained brushwork, Dávez cites Fauvism as a major influence on her practice. For her most recent series, Faceless, Dávez pays tribute to an array of cultural and historical icons by using them as the focus of each painting. Filling large-scale canvases with carefully shaped outlines of each character in contrasting, acrylic colours, the works are strikingly faceless, adding a semi-abstract quality to the painted representations.
Born in Madrid in 1989, Coco Dávez is the alter-ego of Valeria Palmeiro. Self-taught and interested in utilising different artistic mediums such as photography, fashion illustration and painting, Dávez began her career in London in 2010 whilst working as an illustrator for Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Quickly recognised for her vibrant, identifiable style, Dávez has since collaborated with a vast number of high-end brands including Chanel, Shiseido, Desigual, Dior, Prada, Vogue, Eastpak, Pepe Jeans, Samsung, New Balance, Puma, Bombay Sapphire, Kenzo and Nespresso. Dávez’s work has been exhibited at galleries in Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid and Queensland. Recently, Dávez was listed in Forbes’ ’30 under 30’ list as one of the most influential artists in the world and was the only Spanish artist to be included in GQ’s ‘10 Best Artists Working Today.’ Her first book ‘Faceless’ was released in 2019, published by Lunwerg.
Dávez lives and works in Madrid.