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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Cedric Cox




Cedric Michael Cox, a renowned Cincinnati-based painter and muralist, is best known for his paintings and drawings that merge surrealism and representational abstraction. As a student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1999, he began exhibiting regionally and nationally.

Cox’s paintings catapult color into rhythmic action with abstract and recognizable images that create compositions inspired by themes in music and the natural world. His work remains true to sharing his innermost self as his passion radiates from the canvas. Working under several influences including architecture and art history, Cox’s work ranges from the geometric, to the curvilinear, to floral-like forms, all dancing within surrealistic shapes. In addition to his work being held in corporate collections, Cox has executed several large-scale public murals, as well as murals in various public and private schools in the Cincinnati area and as far north as Dayton.

Past exhibitions include the Contemporary Arts Center, Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and the Taft Museum of Art (all Cincinnati); Columbus Art Museum; Dayton Art Institute; Five Myles Gallery (Brooklyn, NYC); Museum of Science and Industry, and Gallery Guichard (Chicago). In 2019, Cox’s work was exhibited at 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, and in 2020, he had a solo exhibition at James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, AZ. A 20-year retrospective exhibition at Caza Sikes Gallery and a commissioned body of work was created for the New Kinley Hotel Cincinnati in 2020. In 2021, a series of 64 paintings for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was installed. Throughout his career, Cox’s work has been featured in books, magazines, and in the media.


Selected Articles & Reviews


Cieslewicz, Bill. “Greater Cincinnati Arts Center Features Acclaimed Abstract Artist’s Work,” Cincinnati Business Courier (Sept. 10),, online.

Griffith, Katie. “Local Painter Cedric Michael Cox Offers Vibrant Positivity in New Exhibit at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center,” CityBeat – Visual Art, (Oct. 13-26), pg. 45.


Durrell, Jane. “Profile, Cedric Cox,” Aeqai (June 27),, Web site.

Rice, Briana and Sarah Haselhorst. “Behind the Black Lives Matter Mural,” Cincinnati Enquirer (June 20), Cover and pgs. 6-7A.

Staff. “One of Cincinnati’s Most Acclaimed Living Artists, Cedric Michael Cox, to Present 20 Years of Work in Retrospective Exhibit,” Black Art in America – Posts (Aug. 28),, online.


Anderson, Dr. S. Alexis. “Just Out Here Livin’ His Best Life: Goin’ Back and Forth with Cedric Michael Cox,” Black Art in America (March 7),, Web site.       


Staff. Summermusik Program, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra (July), pgs. 13-14.


Crescente, Fernanda. “Painting the Town,” UC: University of Cincinnati Magazine (March), pgs. 24-29.

Schwartz, Kathy. “Putting His Twist on the Taft,” CityBeat – Arts & Culture (March 29 – April 4), pg. 16.

Steele, Marlene. “Color & Rhythm at the Taft Museum of Art,” Aeqai (May 6),, Web site.


McLaren, Sharmaine. “Cedric Michael Cox,” Polly Magazine, Issue 01, Spring/Summer, pgs. 4-7.

Watson, Fran. “30 Americans….Plus the Region – Phillip M. Meyers Jr. Gallery, U.C. Campus,” Aeqai (June 25),, Web site.


Desatnik, Lisa. “CINspirational People: Cedric Michael Cox,” Good Things Going Around (July 18),

Steele, Marlene. “Talking Blues: Cedric Cox at the CCAC,” Aeqai (Oct. 21),, Web site.


Demaline, Jackie. “Big Questions in Local Artist’s New Exhibit at NKU,” The River City News (Aug. 18),

Staff. “Visual Art: Cedric Cox,” CityBeat – Fall Arts Picks (Aug. 20-26), pg. 26.

Teslow, Elizabeth. “Soul to the Canvas: Cedric Michael Cox,” Aeqai (Oct. 4),, Web site.


Redder, Maxwell. “Cedric Cox and the New Cubism,” Aeqai (Jan. 20),, Web site.


Chambers, Karen. “10 Who Are Advancing the Arts,” Cincinnati Enquirer – A&E (Dec. 30), Section D.

Graves, Chris. “My Soapbox: Cedric Michael Cox, Artist,” Soapbox Cincinnati (Oct. 23),

Staff. “Four Stripes: Interview with Artists,” Four Stripes (July 3), http://fourstripes.


Ghosn, Saad. “Art to Empower,” Street Vibes, “Artist as Activist” column (Mar. 15) pg. 16.

Powell, William. “Walls of Fame, Public Works,” Cincinnati Magazine (Dec.), pg. 32.

Staff. “Avondale Mural Creation Directed by Cedric Cox,” The Cincinnati Herald (Sept 10 –16), pg. A5.


Demaline, Jackie. “Solo Shows Speak with One Voice,” Cincinnati Enquirer – Weekend (Jan. 8), pg. E9.

Dobbins, Geoffrey. “The Dynamo of OTR,” Cincinnati Magazine (Oct.), pp. 54-57.

Durrell, Jane. “Artist Cedric Michael Cox Shapes It Up,” Soapbox Cincinnati (Sept. 7),, Weblog.

Frabetti, A.C. “Cedric Michael Cox at the Carnegie,” Aeqai (Jan. 14),, Web site.

Hirt, Amy Howell. “Black Leaders Selected as Star Award Recipients,” Cincinnati Enquirer (May 1), pg. C3.


Dobbins, Geoffrey. “Cedric Michael Cox: Structured Soul,” Wiretap (Dec. 10),, Weblog.

Selected Exhibition Catalogues, Brochures & Books


Vivid Voice: Cedric Michael Cox 20-Year Retrospective, Caza Sikes Gallery, publisher. Cincinnati, OH.


Transforming Cincinnati, John Fox, editor. Published for ArtWorks by Orange Frazer Press, Wilmington, OH, pgs. 48-49, 54-55, 79.


Greater Cincinnati Artists as Activists, Saad Ghosn editor and publisher. Cincinnati, OH, pgs. 84-89.


I Kan Do Dat: Contemporary Abstract Art, Curated by Daniel Simmons and Oshun Layne. Essay by Ché Baraka, New York, NY.

International Contemporary Artists, Vol. VIII, Olga Antoniadou, editor. New York, NY, pg. 59.


Ohio Collects: Artistic Transformations, Outside the Box, Bettye J. Stull, curator and introduction. The King Arts Complex, Columbus, OH, pg. 10.

Selected Netcasts/Broadcasts/Interviews


“eCrawl: ‘Creative Compositions’,” Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, concert/interview/live painting demo, Cincinnati, OH (Aug. 7), 00:36:27.


“‘Cultural Compositions’ at Caza Sikes,” interview with Mona Morrow including Jimi Jones, WCPO-TV-9 – 9 on Your Side, Cincinnati, OH (Feb. 19), 00:04:20.


“FreshART Gala and Auction is Sept. 16, 2018,” interview with Laurie Risch, WCPO-TV-9 – 9 on Your Side,, Cincinnati, OH, 00:02:58.


“A New Exhibit of Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at the Taft Museum of Art,”, Around Cincinnati, interview by Jane Durrrell, Cincinnati, OH, 00:09:56.

“Let’s Talk,” hosted by Henry Benefield, Waycross Public Access,, Cincinnati, OH, 00:38:18 – 00:58:59.


“Chorus and Refrain,” interview WXIX-TV Fox 19 Morning Show,, Cincinnati, OH, approx. 00:03:00.


“City Nights Chicago,” cable program featuring Cedric Michael Cox as special guest, Sam Hill (host) at Maison Rouge Gallery, Chicago, IL, 00:28:31.  

“Soul within Structure,” interview by Samantha Levy for the UnMuseum at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (transcript, 00:05:00.


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