Born 1979 in San Jose, CA
Live and works in Oakland, CA

Solo Exhibitions

Let Me Look at Yo,Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

Through a Glass Darkly Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Rapture, Alice+Olivia, South Hampton, NY

I Wanna Be Adore, Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Alchemy, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI
Still Life, Park Life, San Francisco, CA
Painting Expelled, Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco, CA

More Than One Way, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Collect Call: Art Patronage, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tear It Out , Issues, Oakland, CA

Watercolor, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY
Twisted Sister, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY
Against the Grain, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA

MFA Thesis Exhibition,California College of the Arts, CA
Fabrication,Marx and Zavattero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
SHOP: Like You Mean I,Underline Gallery, New York, NY
Natural Beaut,Oxenrose, San Francisco, CA

A New Breed of Watercolo,Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Threadbar, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
The Icon and the Iconic, Manresa Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Out of the Flat File,Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Artists’ Ball,Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Golden: Serena Cole and Tahiti Pehrso, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Optical Illusion, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Universal Gramma, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
The Thin Ice Collective, Anne Bonny, Seattle, WA
Drawing Under the Influence, MANIAC Gallery, Oakland, CA

Bliss,Roberts and Tilton Gallery at Domestic, Los Angeles, CA
Grant Barnhart and Serena Col,Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
There is No Light Without Darkness, Hinterconti, Hamburg, Germany
There is No Light Without Darkness, Mina Dresden, San Francisco, CA
Mirabile Vis,MM Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Oakland East Side Store, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Currents 200,Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Untitled ,Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, CA
Ripple,Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA


MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

BFA with High Distinction, Painting and Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Selected Bibliography
Hodges, Michael H., “Canilao creates fascinating ‘Alchemy’”, The Detroit News, August 2015
Yeapanis, Stacia, “Other Peoples Pixels Interviews Serena Cole”, Other PeoplesPixels, May 2014 Simoneau, Nicolas, “Iconical”, KALTBLUT, November 2012
Muniz, Kristy, “Obsession Issue: Serena Cole”, Working Class Magazine, November 2012 Regan, Sheila, “Serena Cole's 'Through a Glass, Darkly' features unsettling transformations, portraits”, Minneapolis City Pages, September 2012
Abbey, Mary, “Seeworthy: Through a Glass Darkly: New Work Serena Cole”, Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 2012
Grattan, Nikki and McKenna, Klea, “Serena Cole”,, May 2012 Murasaki, Alaisk, “Interview with Serena Cole”, Anormal Magazine, November 2011 “Serena Cole’s Fashionable Portraits”, Huffington Post, via Beautiful Decay, June 2011
“Exhibition Spotlight: Fabrications at Marx and Zavattero”, Huffington Post, February 2011 Bowers, Keith, “The Horror, the Humor”, SF Weekly, January 2011
Farr, Kristin and Hapsis,Emanuel, “Studio Invasion: Serena Cole”, KQED Interview, January 2011
“Interview with Serena Cole”,, May 2010
Miller, Randall, “I Wanna Be Adored”,, November 2009 “Bello y Monstro”, Umbigo Magazine, April 2008
Bibeau, Petra, “Bay Area Currents 2006”,, June 2006