He lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal
Martinho Costa graduated with a degree in Visual Arts- Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universidade de Lisboa in 2002. One year later, he obtained his
master’s degree in “Theory and Practice of Contemporary Plastic Arts “ from the UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). In September, 2012, he was an artist in residence
at CeRCCa (Centre de Recerca i Creació Casamarles, Barcelona), with the support of the Gulbenkian Foundation.
Among his most recent solo exhibitions, the most notable include: Terra de Sombra Queimada, Galería silvestre (Madrid, 2017); Art Santander, with Galería silvestre, at
Palacio de Exposiciones,(Santander, 2017); Casal da Cega in Dub, Galeria Vera Cruz (Aveiro, 2016); Baixas Frequências, Galeria silvestre (Tarragona, 2016); Todos os Dias
Saio por um Caminho Diferente, Galería silvestre (Madrid, 2015); Pedra, Project Room, Justmad 6 (Madrid, 2015); Unnecessary Repetition of Meaning, Galería silvestre
(Tarragona, 2014); Les Statues Meurent Aussi, Galeria 111 (Lisbon, 2014); Thumbnails, Galeria WHO (Lisbon, 2012); A Primeira Pedra, Galeria Má Arte (Aveiro, 2012); O
Diário de Robert Stern, Galeria 111 (Lisbon, 2011) or Ruína, Galeria 111 (Lisbon, 2008).
Martinho Costa has exhibited his works in numerous group shows, including: Gente, Cem Anos de Representação Humana na Coleção Manuel de Brito, CAMB (Algés, 2016); 10ª
Prémio Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso (Amarante, 2016); Viagem, Casa da Cerca (Almada, 2015); Exposição do Prémio Amadeo de Pintura,
Museu Amadeo Souza-Cardoso (Amarante, 2015); Entre as Margens – Representações da Engenharia na Arte Portuguesa, Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis (Porto, 2013); 5 Artistas
em Sintra, next room (Lisbon, 2013); Narrações Fragmentadas, Galería Liebre (Madrid, 2012); O Fim do Mundo, Abbaye de Neumunster (Luxembourg, 2012); Arca de Noé, Centro
de Arte Manuel de Brito (Algés, 2011) or Res Publica 1910 e 2010 face a face, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2010).
His work is included in collections such as Colecção Opway (Lisbon), Colecção Manuel de Brito (Lisbon), Fundação PLMJ (Lisbon) or Colecção Associação Industrial
Martinho Costa’s work proposes a game between Classicism and Modernity. Although he mainly concentrates on painting, he also creates video-animation pieces and, since
2011, he’s developing the project called “Pinturas ao Ar Livre” (Open-air paintings) in which he
creates secret pictorial interventions located in public spaces.
Through the use of Painting and Metaphor as basic artistic devices for his creative process, the artist tries to update western traditional artistic representation.
In his daily pictorial practice, which is also documented in “Livro de Pinturas” (whose second volume
has been recently launched), the artist researches the transformation process undergone by contemporary images when they are translated into painting.
He defines himself as a “consumer of images”. Photos taken by him or images found on the Internet are the basis for this poetic transformation. A process where painted
images or animated drawings are used as mirrors where Martinho Costa reflects a new image of the world.
As a result, Costa tries to reflect how images that are part of our daily life can be assimilated by Art.
Thus, we can say that Martinho costa develops a research about the History of Painting while, at the same time, updates the genres and subjects of Pictorial Tradition.
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