Cojo, Art Juggernaut
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|Cojo "Art Juggernaut"|
September 25, 1977 |
Montclair, New Jersey
|Education||School of Visual Arts|
Colin C. Jorgensen, more commonly known by his pen name Cojo, "Art Juggernaut" or just Cojo for short, (born September 25, 1977 in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American artist, painter, writer, and veteran NYC art blogger currently based out of Ridgewood, Queens.
His artwork has been printed in sixteen countries and translated into fifteen languages. He first rose to notoriety in the early 2000s for his commercial art, graphic design and editorial illustration, predominantly in print and fashion.
His style is characterized by slick, hard edged line work and bold colors. In his early years he was most noted for his work in hip-hop magazines, before transitioning to be the lead illustrator for the world's largest men's lifestyle publication Maxim Magazine (2002–2006), within which his work has been printed nearly 100 times. His full page comic strip, "A Day in the Life" (which he also wrote), lambasting celebrity foibles, regularly appeared in US edition throughout his run.
His art has been used as props on various television shows including The Drew Carey Show, America's Next Top Model, MTV's Boiling Points, Reno 911!, Nickelodeon's Black History Month, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Sketch365 was a sketch-a-day conceptual contemporary art experiment in which Cojo created a single 8½" x 11" finished original pencil line-art drawing a day for a single year, beginning on his 28th birthday (September 25, 2005 – September 24, 2006) as the foundation for a larger painting project to be completed later. It is considered a seminal work in the artist's progression.
Cojo has a BFA from The School of Visual Arts class of 1999.