Martin Cohen



I have been struggling with mental illness since my early twenties. I've been hospitalized several times over the years, with diagnoses ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder. My current diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder.

Despite the shock of my first episode while I was a student at SUNY Purchase, my work has expanded. I have always been a mood-oriented artist. My illness has informed my work and made me more willing to experiment. It has also been therapeutic because it allows me to express my suffering artistically.

I believe that I work most passionately when my illness is at its worst. I listen to jazz, rock, or classical music while "acting out" on paper and canvas instead of in real life. My mood swings and hallucinations can be synergistic with my art. I feel that in combination they can enhance my creativity and my work.

White Scaffold Yellow Landscape Red Geometric Landscape Blue Floral Geometric Abstraction
White Scaffold
mix media/paper
31.5" x 22"
Yellow Landscape
oil pastel/collage/paper
27" x 20.5"
Red Geometric Landscape
32" x 23"
Blue Floral Geometric Abstraction
29.5" x 20.5"
One Man Show in Times Square White Triangle Doors of Expression Orange Crosscurrents
One Man Show in Times Square
32" x 23"
White Triangle
60" x 48"
Doors of Expression
oil/glass/collage/Luan Door
80" x 24"
Orange Crosscurrents
oil/collage/museum board
40" x 32"