Adriano Costa

(this page was last updated in March 2020)

São Paulo, Brazil, 1975.
Lives and works in São Paulo Brazil.

Represented by Mendes Wood DM.

PIPA 2012, 2013 and 2016 nominee.

Adriano Costa researches the narratives of everyday life in a flow of elements composed of common and left over, residual materials. His sculptures parse and revel in the temperature, tone and other aspects of visibility in their constituent parts. Interested in the fine ambiguity between the object and the art object — he takes up a critical and humorous position towards the contemporary world and investigates the different aspects of the visible and the nature of materials, combining solidity and fragility, forms, motifs and colours to create geometric progressions containing emotional and musical qualities, intuitive and spontaneous, approaching, in form, towards the principles of neo-concretism.

Recent solo exhibitions: “Every Camel Tells A Story”, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015/2016; “La Commedia dell’Arte”, Peep-Hole, Milan, Italy, 2014; “Touch me I am geometrically sensitive”, Sadies Coles HQ, London, UK, 2014; “From My Body Comes, Through Your Body Goes”, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, 2014. Recent group exhibitions: “Under The Same Sun: Art From Latin America Today”, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015; “Kiti Ka’ Aeté”, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK, 2015; “Draw flying Penis/Pussy Against Gentrification”, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London (2015); “Imagine Brazil”, DHC/Art Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada, 2015/2016; “Poem Nº 00000000000000000000000000000, 9”, Mendes Wood DM, Brazil; 10th Mercosur Biennial – Messages From A New America, Porto Alegre, Brazil and “Here There” (Huna Hunak), QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Doha, Qatar.

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