Featured Artist Sylvia Cohen

Discover a captivating collection of expressive portraits depicting strong and beautiful women by contemporary painter Sylvia Cohen. Find more of her portfolio by visiting her website.


portrait of a young woman with koi

“Girl with Koi” acrylic, gold leaf on canvas, 36″ X 48″_


As a contemporary portrait artist based in Montreal, Canada, my mission is to push the boundaries of realism and expressiveness. I often explore the intersection of realistic painting and mixed media, using each one in a way that complements the other.


painting of a closeup of a woman

“Violet” oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″


I’m interested in creating pieces that allow for a unique experience. I want to spark a viewer’s emotional connection with the work, to elevate the physical experience of a painting. By doing so, I hope to provide a unique story for each of my works. Ultimately this leads to a richer and more deeply meaningful experience for the viewer.


portrait of a woman with a snake

“Snake Dance” mixed media on canvas, 54″ x 60″


I use acrylics, oil glazes, collage and resin in my work. My goal is to juxtapose feelings of both softness and strength in my portraits. These complementary forces interact to form something dynamic. I approach every piece with an open mind, my technique constantly evolving.


portrait of Frida Kahlo by Sylvia Cohen

“Frida” mixed media on brushed metal, 26″ x 34″


My artwork is realistic and expressive, allowing the viewer to feel the emotion behind the piece. I use mixed media to explore and push artistic boundaries, creating unique and captivating works.


Portrait of a high fashion model

“Madame Butterfly” acrylic, 42″ x 54″


With every piece, I hope to convey a meaningful story that provokes thought and encourages self-reflection. My goal is to create a visual expression of the human experience, prompting my viewers to draw out their own inner emotions.


portrait of Madonna by Sylvia Cohen

“Material Girl” mixed media on canvas, 30″ x 48″


My work explores the emotional depths of people through realistic and expressive mixed media portraiture. I would say my painting style is highly detailed and captures the essence of the person I am painting.


portrait of a fetching young woman

“Risky” acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 36″ x 48″


My approach to contemporary painting is a true reflection of myself, taking risks and pushing boundaries with my emotionally honest portraiture. Using various mediums allows me to capture the realism and emotion my work requires, capturing the beauty, honesty and complexity of my subjects.


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