Aliza Cohen grew up in the Bay Area and received a BA in Art from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in Painting from Boston University. Her own complex identities--as the child of Latin immigrants, the grand daugher of a seamstress and Holocaust survivor, an American woman, painter, ceramicist, mother, feminist, and teacher are the impetus for creating her work.
A relentless observer, she is captivated by contrast, whether visual, philosophical or conceptual. Her work, which includes paintings, drawings, prints, and textiles has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is influenced by the paintings of many masters, from Helen Frankenthaler to Henri Matisse, her teacher John Walker and many talented friends. She also pulls inspiration from Native American textiles, African patterns and the way the sky looks and air feels on a warm summer evening.
Aliza is the recipient of several awards including a residency at the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, a Kala Art Institute Residency, an Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and the Constantin Alajov Award at Boston University. She currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.