Isabelle Collin Dufresne (French/American, b.1935 in La Tronche–d.2014 in New York), known under the stage name Ultra Violet
was an artist, an author, and superstar of Andy Warhol
(American, 1928–1987). In recent years she has established herself on the Côte d’Azur of France after 30 years of life in New York.
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 Dalí
(Spanish, 1904–1989), 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. She died on June 14, 2014 in New York City.