Shely Cohen was born on 21 November 1966 in Haifa. At the age of 18, she was involved as a passenger in a serious traffic accident, in which she injured her C4 - C5 cervical vertebrae. This resulted in permanent paralysis of her upper and lower limbs.
After a very long rehabilitation process, she completed her school education, participated in a programming course and completed a degree in film studies at the Open University in Tel Aviv. She also studied the realisation and management of events at the Levinsy Seminar, learnt Spanish and the composition of children’s books.
In 2007, she laid the foundation stone for mouth painting. She found great enjoyment in it and made considerable progress in a very short time. Since 2008, she has been supported by the Association as a Scholarship Holder. In 2023, she became an Associate Member of the VDMFK.
Shely Cohen paints with oils. Her favourite themes include flowers, landscapes and still lifes.