Name: Coco Dávez
Location: Chueca nieghborhood — Madrid, Spain
Size: 193 square feet
Years lived in: Rented since February
Coco welcomes me smiling in her studio, in an old royal state apartment in the heart of the high Chueca neighborhood in Madrid. Her paintings are full of colors, and fill the small, bright studio space. An artist since she was a child, painting for Coco is a way to relax, to play and to remain connected with that inner child inside us all.
But Coco's talents don't stop at paint: She's also played with photography, illustration and fine arts; she also has lived in London and even tried Zaragoza for a short time. But she realizes that Madrid—and its hustle—attract her, so she decided to return and settle down here.
Coco almost blends with her studio. Though a minimal space, her personality and character radiates into each corner. All the walls are dressed with her paintings of bright colors, and this contrast of color and white makes for a simultaneously relaxing and invigorating space.
Her latest work series 'Faceless', she tells me, emerged as most good things, like something spontaneous while she was painting. Her paintings are portraits full of vibrant colors that catch you without realizing it.
Being with her you notice that it's not only her work that catches the eye, she is herself an it girl. Coco has something in her eyes that captivates you like her paintings; I guess that's why it's so easy to fall in love with her work and with her style.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Colorful Rustic
Inspiration: Great artists' workshop
Favorite Element: Kentia Plant
Biggest Challenge: Cramming everything into this space
What Friends Say: They say my studio is like my drawings, plenty of light and colors.
Biggest Embarrassment: I could never have it messy or dirty.
Proudest: The space, the location and the great neighborhood
Best Advice: Believe and do it