Adriano Costa

b. 1975, São Paulo | lives and works in São Paulo

Adriano Costa interprets the modernist and Minimalist legacies of key Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica in sculptures and installations made of materials drawn from everyday life in his home country, including mosquito nets, umbrellas, and knitted tapestries. Costa’s work speaks to the lingering traces of colonialism and the potentiality of a localized artistic tradition. Straight from the House of Trophies—Ouro Velho (2013) includes an array of painted household towels, their gold color and the work’s title evoking the monetary incentive for colonization, as well as the materialism that has accompanied recent economic growth in Brazil.

Photo: courtesy of Mendes Wood DM

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