Bio / CV
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Victor Cobo was born in 1971 in Melbourne, Florida, to an American father and Spanish mother. He is a photo-based installation artist who creates painterly large-scale works. Cobo is a relentless miner of San Francisco’s darker landscapes. His fluid, inventive photographic images bridge the present-day gap between conceptual and documentary fine art photography.
His autobiographical pieces explore the fringes and shadows of life while unearthing secrets through sometimes lurid fantasies. Most obvious are themes relating to escapism, alter-ego, longing, androgyny, eroticism, mortality and the human condition. His photographs are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomforting examination of uncertainty, inexpressible fears and the relationship between artist and model.
Cobo is a self-taught photographer who draws inspiration from Surrealism, Film noir and German Expressionism. He is also influenced by the experimental cinematography of David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and David Cronenberg, as well as the work of British Postwar Painters, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Repeated visits to The Museo del Prado in Spain with his taxi-driving grandfather and seeing midnight thrillers with his poor and drug-addicted father as a child changed his life. Specifically and in particular his father taking him to see the 1982 British live-action/animated musical film, Pink Floyd – The Wall, had a profound and permanent effect on him.
In 2007 his works were included in "First Look: Masterworks of American Photography" at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and "Photo Forum" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curated by Anne Wilkes Tucker. In 2010 his works were included in "Hauntology" at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, alongside such artists as Francisco de Goya, Francis Bacon and Diane Arbus. The exhibition was curated by Scott Hewicker and Lawrence Rinder.