Esther Piaskowski Cohen
“As an artist my fascination is with seeing beauty and the hidden essence in all things; internal, external, real, imagined, inspiration, ideas, poetry, chance, people and family.”
Esther Piaskowski is an Australian born, New York artist, living on Roosevelt Island. She graduated from Melbourne Teacher’s College in 1972, majoring in painting and philosophy when Pop Art was the rage in America. Piaskowski has traveled extensively and has lived in Japan, Germany and Israel before coming to the United States in 1985.
Esther had a solo show in Safed, Israel in 1976 and later became an Art Director of tourist and news magazines from 1979-1983. She has exhibited in Chelsea, NY and in May 2001, helped coordinate the “Art Frenzy” on Roosevelt Island, as part of the Art loop with MoMA, PS1 and the Noguchi museum in Long Island City.
Esther has been involved in the establishment of the Roosevelt Island Visual Artist Association and the opening of Gallery RIVAA in 2002 where she is vice-president. She has also assisted in establishing the Fall for the Arts Festival with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation on Roosevelt Island which are held every year. Esther curates shows at Gallery RIVAA and at the Octagon Gallery.
She is a painter, photographer and installation artist. Her talent is in her ability to interpret and document the world around her in a diverse and original way through landscape, portraiture and the abstract. Her vibrant work, admired and owned by collectors around the world, is alive with color, light and movement.
Piaskowski was a finalist in the Four Freedoms Park Photo Competition in 2014 and a Grand Prize Winner of the Mitchell Park Photo Competition in DC in 2015.