My work is autobiographical. I am a recovering drug addict dealing with depression and anxiety. The subject matter in my work pertains to acceptance which stems from my day to day struggles with darkness. Often times, the darkness comes out during my process only to get covered in layering, sort of like a battle unfolding on canvas. Usually i won’t stop painting until some form of hope arises.


Paul Cooley

American; Born 1989

Living and working in New York City


Solo Exhibitions

2019 March - Contra Gallery New York, NY (two person)

2017 November – “Hello My Friends” Contra Gallery New York, NY

2017 April – “Paintings About Today” Aloft | Artist in Residence Show LIC, NY

2015 December - “THANKS” Opa-Locka Executive Airport Art Basel Miami, FL


Group Exhibitions

2018 November - “Conduits” ATO gallery New York, NY

2018 May – “Sanctioned” Arts Warehouse Delray Beach, FL

2017 November – “NARTCAN” AXOM Gallery Rochester, NY

2017 June – Urban Art Fair Dorian Grey Projects Booth 608 New York, NY

2016 December - Red Dot Art Fair Dorian Grey Projects Booth R604 Miami, FL

2016 December - “Alive Today” VIU Gallery Miami, FL

2016 June - “Dorian Grey Watermil Opening” Dorian Grey Gallery Hamptons, NY

2015 April - “Dorian Grey Art Invitational” Dorian Grey Gallery NewYork, NY



2016 September | Winner Iowa State Acquisition


Media & Publications

2019 - CBS Blue Bloods (Season 9)

2018 - CultBytes (‘CONDUITS’ exhibition) November 21st 2018

2017 - ABC 13 Rochester New York December 15th 2017 (‘NARTCAN’ exhibition)

2017 - Rochester City Newspaper Arts&Entertainment Dec. 13th 2017 (‘NARTCAN’ exhibition)

2017 - Iowa State Daily Feb 23rd 2017

2016 - “Southbound” Independent Film 2016

2016 - VICELAND ‘Abandoned’ S01E06

2015 - H&M Lifestyle Campaign, USA

2014 - Nylon Singapore, Singapore




July 2017 – CircusAid Artist in residence |  Athens, Greece

June 2016 – Duo Artist Collective | Los Angeles, California




Iowa State University Art On Campus Collection - AMES, IA

B2 Ventures - Franklyn, TN

Stevens Collection - Los Angeles, CA

Phillip Kaplan – New York, NY

Dr. Khodabakhsh –Beverly Hills, CA


Paintings are also held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.