Starting his career in the late 1980’s, Aaron Cobbett worked as a window dresser at Bergdorf Goodman by day and documented the thriving East Village drag scene by night.
These disparate cultures, projected onto the grim backdrop of the AIDS Crisis formed the foundation of his aesthetic.
In the 1990's his high concept, color-saturated images of club kids, drag queens, and celebrities became an important and immediately recognizable part of the queer cultural canon.
Moving freely between textiles, video, installation and photography, his work is characterized by high craft, deadpan wit and harsh glamour.
His work has been shown at The FIT Museum, The Leslie-Lohman Museum, The New York Historical Society, and The Louvre in Paris, and galleries in the US and Europe.
He’s had two monographs published: Super Eros in 1999 and COBBETT in 2008.
He lives and works in Brooklyn.