|Ultra Violet Biography
The multifaceted artist Ultra Violet (nee Isabelle Collin Dufresne) is one of the most noteworthy personalities of the avant-garde in both Europe and America.
In recent years she has established herself on the Cote d'Azur of France after 30 years of life in New York. Presently she divides her time between her studio in Nice and her penthouse apartment in Manhattan.
A native of the Grenoble region of France, the young Isabelle Dufresne began her painting career in the 1950s under the guidance of the grand master of Surrealism, Salvador Dali, to whom she served as muse for a decade.
In 1963, Dufresne met Andy Warhol, the king of Pop Art. She adopted the name Ultra Violet, became one of Warhol's most visible superstars, and engaged actively in the American cultural revolution of the 60s through her association with Andy's legendary studio, The Factory.
Voluminous archives of photographs, films, posters, articles, interviews, writings, recordings, musical compositions and art works attest to Ultra Violet's versatility and creative imagination.
Superstar Ultra Violet manufactured a twin execution electric chair, titled "Til Death Do Us Part by Ultra Violet" for Andy Warhol's 80th birthday on August 6, 2008. Til Death Do Us Part by Ultra Violet contains additional images.