Nicole studied painting, drawing, art theory, criticism, and history in college. When she had her MFA graduate exhibition in 2000, she showed her first video works, which were small scale projections onto vintage magazine clippings. She explained they were psychological projections onto the social expectations presented in the interior design magazines from the 1950s and 60s. She invited contemporary people to her studio which was created into a white positive interior and super-imposed them into the magazine clippings. She is internationally recognized for her work as the first to video project onto static images, where she showed her work in 2001 at her first solo exhibition at Williams College Museum of Art. She has been working with video installation dealing with the viewers and voyeurism into the past through the present for 17 years. She was the first woman artist to have a video exhibition at the Getty Museum for 2 years. Her work is widely collected and historical renowned for her innovation in the field of art. 

NICOLE COHEN received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, La B.A.N.K Galerie in Paris, France , at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Schloss Britz in Berlin, Germany, American University Museum at Katzen Art Center in Washington D.C., Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center in the Bronx, and traveling exhibitions in Asia. She has lived in Los Angeles and in Berlin, Germany, in New York City. 

"Her work is positioned at the crossroads of contemporary reality, personal fantasy, and culturally constructed space. Although trained in painting and drawing, Cohen most frequently uses video as her medium, playing upon its intrinsic capacities to manipulate time, distort scale and environment, and overlay imagery. Consistently interested in engaging her audience and challenging notions of lifestyle, domesticity, celebrity, and social behavior, Cohen also uses the surveillance camera to involve her viewers in their own voyeurism. Her work projects serve as some of the most paradigmatic and successful examples.”, Getty catalogue 2009