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.

Exhibitions

2006
“Ultra Violet & Symbols of Eternity” Kampa Museum, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
2006
"Ultra Violet” Stephan Stux Gallery, New York, NY U.S.A. (solo)
2006
"Mickey up side down” Artcurial, Hotel Dassault, Paris France
2005
"Visions of the Sky” Long Island Museum of Science and Technology, Garden City, NY U.S.A. (solo)
2005
“Famous Beyond Fifteen Minutes” Pool Art Fair, New York, NY U.S.A. (solo)
2005
“Reminiscences of Dali: A Conversation with Friends of the Artist” Interactive Ultra Violet Slides. Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA U.S.A. (solo)
2005
“New Cartoon” Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas U.S.A.
2004
“Superheroine – The Woman In My Life” Gallery One Twentyeight, New York, NY USA
2004
“Ex-Photos” Hommage au World Center” Galerie Ferrero, Nice, France
2004
“A Knock At The Door” Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY USA
2004
"La Creche de Noel” Galerie Ferrero, Nice, France (solo)
2004
“Is Christ Politically…Prophetically…Correct?” Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Hagerstown, MD U.S.A. (solo)
2004
“Imagine” Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece performed by Ultra Violet, Chelsea Art Museum New York, NY U.S.A. (solo)
2004
“Is Christ Politically…Prophetically…Correct? The Gallery, New Jersey City University (solo)
2003
“1968: You Say You Want A Revolution” Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
2003
“L’Art Et L’Euro” Espace Ecureuil Liberte, Toulon, France
2003
“Out of the Shadow: Artist of the Warhol Circle then and Now” University Gallery University of Delaware U.S.A.
2001
“La Bastille Du Roy” Antibes, France
1999
“Mail-Art” Aix en Provence, France
1996
"Schizophrenies Discordances” Salle Gaveau, Paris, France
1995
“Interactive Slides” Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA U.S.A.
1993
“L’Art du Faux” Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, Switzerland
1992
“Retrospective” Musee D’Art Moderne, Medzilaborce, Slovakia (solo)
1990
“Currents In Contemporary Art” New England Museum for Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT U.S.A.
1978
“Ultra Violet” Performance. Hal Bromm Gallery, New York, NY U.S.A March 31(solo)