Los Angeles-based artist Sandra Cooper is renowned for her distinctive abstract expressionist style. Her paintings and drawings are unique in their ability to stimulate viewers visually and emotionally with both passion and contradiction. Her striking images encourage viewers to use their own mind’s eye to interpret the movement of paint across canvas. Cooper wants to evoke an emotional response to her art, rather than merely object recognition. “If I wanted to recreate exactly what I saw, I would use my camera. My style celebrates the randomness of abstract expressionism.” “Why paint the entire scene when it’s the negative space that fills my imagination with the creative possibilities of ‘What if’” Cooper says.

Cooper's Heart Felt Series, painted under her “nom de art” R. Vega, is reflective of the powerful abstract nudes she is known for. Cooper’s style and technique are reflected in the media she uses. Whether it is watercolors, mono prints, mono types, charcoal line drawings or acrylics and collage, her work is recognized as a consistent signature of talent.





Malibu Art Association
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  Greater Los Angeles Writers Association (G.L.A.W.S.)
APA Art, Association American Psychiatric Association - Art Association
San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego, CA

2012 Very Venice Art and Design, Venice, CA  
2012 The Whole 9 Gallery, Culver City, CA  
2012 Clouds on Main, Santa Monica, CA  
2011 Gallery 9, The Peace Project, (traveling to San Francisco and NY), Culver City, CA  
2011 LarkGallery Upstairs, Los Angeles, CA  
2011 The Hayworth Theatre, The Fabulous Adventures of Alan Swift, Los Angeles, CA  
2011 Very Venice Art and Design Gallery, Venice, CA  
2011 NoHo Gallery, Women!, NoHo Performing Arts Center, North Hollywood, CA  
2011 The Happening Gallery, Art: The A List, featuring work painted under R. Vega, Heart Felt Series, Marina del Rey, CA  
2011 The Loft Gallery, Sound Art, San Pedro, CA  
2011 BlogTalkRadio.com/Denise-Lyles-Cook  
2011 2011 The Whole 9 Gallery, art book available, The Peace Project, Culver CA, www.thewhole9.com/thepeaceproject-merchandise.php  
2011 Daily Art Calendar, All For Love, www.ArtWanted.com/SandraCooper  
2010 Sandra Cooper artwork "Out of Control" was chosen by Internationally renown UK songwriter and singer Artie Q for LarkGallery Online E-exhibition Colors of Life - Music  
2010 Juried Exhibition, The Colors of Life, LarkGalleryOnline.com  
2010 BlueHighways TV in conjunction with LarkGallery Online.com and Country-Cooperative.com, viewed in US and over 220 countries  
2010 Pop/Lock Gallery, Global Art Exhibition , Los Angeles, CA  
2010 The Whole 9, Juried Competition, The Peace Project, Culver City, CA  
2010 Artistic Voyage, Hope For Health, Yorba Linda, CA  
2010 Paint Lab, 9th Annual Painting From The Heart, Children and Celebrity Refrigerator Art Show, Santa Monica, CA  
2010 Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Medical Offices of Dr. Alice Berkowitz, East Tower, Beverly Hills  
2010 Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA  
2010 VOCA, (Venice Oceanfront Contemporary Art), Solo Exhibition,
Venice, CA
2010 Schomburg Gallery, MAA Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, CA  
2009 - 2010 ASTO Museum of Art, Holiday Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA  
2009 Malibu Art Association, Members Appreciation Exhibition,
Pacific Palisades, CA
2009 Ebony Platinum Club, featured artist, Woodland Hills, CA and NY, NY  
2009 Phantom Gallery, Hidden Treasures, Long Beach, CA  
2009 Department of Cultural Affairs, Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA  

Woman’s Club of Hollywood, guest artist, 12th Annual Rose Variety Arts Show, Hollywood, CA


Woman’s Club of Hollywood, featured cover artist for Denise Cook, The ORACLE Speaks…just because, Hollywood, CA


LarkGalleryOnline.com, featured artist, Sandra Cooper, Santa Monica, CA

2009 The Hive Gallery, Art & Action, Los Angeles, CA  
2009 Fantasy 2000, Sherman Oaks, CA  
2009 Clouds, "Heart Felt Series" painted under R. Vega, Santa Monica, CA  
2008 Santa Monica Emeritus College, Juried Exhibition, Colors, Colors, Color, Malibu Art Members Only, Santa Monica, CA  
2008 My Art Gallery, A Memorial to Marjorie Knowles, Founder of Malibu Art Association, Inc., Members Only Juried Exhibition, Malibu, CA  
2008 Beverly Hills Country Club, Rose Breast Cancer Foundation, Visions of Hope, Beverly Hills, CA  
2008 No Ho Gallery, Visions, North Hollywood, CA    
2008 Haziaz Gallery,  Art48,  Sun Valley, CA  
2008 Finegood Art Council of the Valley Alliance Jewish Federation, Studio Tour, Los Angeles, CA  
2008 Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, The Challenge of Colors, Pacific Palisades, CA  
2008 APA Art Association Members Only Exhibition, The Washington Convention Center, Washington DC  
2008 Art Treasures of Los Angeles, the Hidden Gems Art Collection, curator: Pasqual Bettio,Westmoreland Art Lofts, Los Angeles, CA  
2008 Clouds, Santa Monica, CA  
2007-2008 San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist, House of Charm
2007 College Emeritus, Light and Shadow, Malibu Art Association Juried Exhibition, Santa Monica, CA  
2007 San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist, House of Charm, San Diego, CA  
2007 Brentwood Art Center, Santa Monica, CA  
2007 Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, SLos Angeles, CA  
2007 San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist, One Foot Exhibition, Juried by Stephen Curry  
2007-2008 Upstream People Gallery, International Juried Online Art Exhibition, Omaha, NE  
2007 Don O'Melveny Gallery, Convergence Of Five, Los Angeles, CA  
2007 Directors Guild of America, Vaginal Walls of Appreciation Art Exhibit,;Vagina Monologues, Los Angeles, CA  
2007 49th International Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA  
2007 NIM Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain  
2007 Clouds, Santa Monica, CA  
2007 DeVorzon Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA  
2007 US Bank-Malibu Colony, Malibu, CA  
2007 Mathnasium Kids Paint from the Heart, Sherman Oaks, CA  
2007 Long Beach Arts, Room With A View, Juried Exhibition, Long Beach, CA  
2007 Featured Artist, World Wide Arts, www.WorldWideArts.com

For complete bio, please contact the artist Sandra Cooper at artforewe@msn.com


Public Art Projects

2004 Worked with artist Robin Strayhorn on the Hyde Park Branch Library ceramic tile mosaic mural commissioned by the City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department.

Logo Design

2010 Cross Dressers Wives, (NPO), Valley Glen, CA
2009 Artwork selected by The Copper Heart Group, Austin, TX
2009 Artwork selected 4 The Love of Learning. S.L.A.M., Science, Literacy, Arts, Math, Van Nuys, CA, Woodland Hills, CA, Pasadena, CA


Multi Media

2009 Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood, CA, Feel Good Film Festival, Little CEO 2: Riskier Business
2009 Featured artwork, commercial by Cuzcatlan, Los Angeles, CA
2009 BLAKK Pyramid Entertainment, cover art for The Oracle Speaks.. just because, Denise L. Cook, Book and CD, Hollywood, CA
2009 Little CEO 2: Riskier Business, What Gives Productions, set decoration for movie short, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Frasher Hall, a film by Garen Mirzaian, Sandra Cooper, Producer
2008 Our Living Center Newsletter, the cover art for The Power of Self Love CD by international author Gary Quinn, Los Angeles, CA, painted in nom de art, R. Vega
2006 Heart Felt Series, R. Vega, featured on CBS as back drop for Woman of the Week Award, presented to Keariene Muezz, Executive Director of Positive Resistance, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Featured Artist, Rodeo Drive, The Memoirs of the Fabulous Gillian Goodnight (working title)
2006 Set Decoration, Hotel RIU, Nuevo Vallarta, Nay. Mexico, About Love & Broken Hearts
2006 King's Road Productions, INC., “ The MetroSexual
2006 NBC Universal Domestic Television Bunim/Murray Productions “Starting Over"
2005 Set Decoration Masquers Cabaret, About Love & Broken Hearts
2004 Associate Producer, Exit Human


2009 Project Exposure Magazine, international print and online magazine has featured selected works by Sandra Cooper. www.projectexposure.net

2008 No Ho Districts Arts e-Zine, contributing writer
2005 Javanan International Weekly Magazine

2005 Javanan International Weekly Magazine
2005 Lifescapes Magazine
2005 Low Carb Living Magazine
2005 Ocean Park Gazette Storytellers: An Exhibition of Emerging Children's Book Illustrators, Santa Monica, CA
2002 Stationery Designer, Rachael Vega ® Series, Beverly Hills, CA
2006 Beverly Hills Times, Beverly Hills, CA



Children’s Activity Wares
2004 Artist/Designer, Rachael Vega ® Series Coloring Tee-Shirts, Coloring Picture Frames, Coloring Puzzles, Coloring Planters, Totes, Backpacks, Organizers.  Click on www.RachaelVega.com for more information.