Cobo’s photography presents a dark, ambiguous world that borders on sinister. “At turns autobiographic and then entirely fabricated, he weaves blustery landscapes with high-contrast figurative imagery including animals, self portraits, and female subjects of adoration, awe, and dread,” states the press release. Hovering between lurid and playful Cobo’s melodramas show a pair of shapely legs in heels scurrying up (or down) a garden wall at night, rats with blazing eyes, a heavy metal mosh pit, an inquisitive squirrel, and many more mysterious scenes.
Cobo’s style and approach is born of both art history and his childhood. Raised by a Spanish mother and American father, Cobo is a self-taught photographer and draws inspiration from Surrealism, Film Noir, and German Expressionism. When he was four, his parents went through a tortuous divorce spurred by his father’s abuse of alcohol, heroin, and his mother. Cobo recalls time spent with his father during summer breaks from school: “Each day he would insist that we go out and take photographs of each other. Years later I realized the pictures he was making were illustrations of an imaginary relationship with me that he had created in his mind.”