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Provoking a tension between humor and political issues and exposing the nuances of cultural value systems over the object, Adriano Costa choreographs his works so that they achieve a kind of movement. His works are not governed by specific rules or point to definite ideas, but rather perform a sort of neutrality. In this way, the artist related unlikely varieties of materials including concrete, paper, bronze, cloth, wire and wood, among countless others to create works that are diverse in format and scale.

Through his practice, Costa references periods in the history of Brazilian art – culture, suburban or elitist – whilst at the same time, remaining conscient of exterior forces that were of prime influence.

Much more about reality through the use of tragic irony than about originality within the process of creation, Costa provokes a reflection on the real value of works of art, addressing the question of how ordinary materials or even noble materials can be transmuted in an art object and vice versa.

Adriano Costa (1975, São Paulo) lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. 
His solo exhibitions include wetANDsomeOLDstuffVANDALIZEDbyTHEartist, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018); B A  I   L    E, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo (2018); DearMeatCutsDevilMayCry, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Every Camel Tells a Story, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2015).
Additionally, his work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2017); Frucht & Faulheit, Lothringer13 Halle, Münich (2017);  IMAGINE BRAZIL, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo & Musee D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France (2014).

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Education
BA, ECA-Universidade São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Solo Shows
2019

ROCKWHORESHOW3-What Have We Done 2 Deserve This, Castiglioni, Milan, Italy
ROCKWHORESHOW, Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal
2018
We Chose Life . What Now, Georg? Tshirts ?, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
wetANDsomeOLDstuffVANDALIZEDbyTHEartist, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany
B A  I   L    E, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
2017
ChapéuFilosófico – a show about LOVE LOST LET IT GO OR AS U WISH, Galeria Múrias Centeno, Lisbon, Portugal
2016
DearMeatCutsDevilMayCry, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Storytellingcaipira, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
2015
Tia Deth, Stefania Batoeva & Adriano Costa, London, United Kingdom (organised by Emalin)
Every Camel Tells a Story, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Draw Flying Penis/Pussy Against Gentrification, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2014
Touch me I am geometrically sensitive, Sadie Coles HQ, London, United Kingdom
La Commedia dell'Arte, Peep-Hole, Milan, Italy
S Título C Amor From Me To U, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
2012
Crisis Doesn’t Matter If You Love Me, Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto, Portugal
Plantation, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
2010
Programa Anual de Exposições, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2009
Black Barroco, galeria polinesia, São Paulo, Brazil

Group Shows
2019

Le Lucky, HVW8 Gallery, Berlin, Germany
The value of flowers, Part Cologne, Cologne, Germany
A Burrice dos Homens, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
2018
Nightfall, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium 
2017
made on the table, Sadie Coles HQ, London, United Kingdom
Everyday Poetics, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Frucht & Faulheit, Lothringer13 Halle, Munich, Germany
Osso - Exposição-apelo ao amplo direito de defesa de Rafael Braga, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
UMWELT MODE, Clarrastrasse 13, Basel, Switzerland
Alluring shapes, tempting spaces, Galerie Eva Meyer, Paris, France
TISCH, Kiefholzstrasse 401, Berlin, Germany
Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
The Third Hand, Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo, Brazil 
2016
Viva Project, Paris, France
Tudo Joia, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
Let There Be (More) Light – An illumination by Jens Hoffmann, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Vivemos na melhor cidade da América do Sul, Átomos, Rio de Jameiro, Brazil
What Separates Us, Embassy of Brazil in London, London, United Kingdom (curated by HS Projects)
2015
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Kiti Ka’aeté, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Poem Nº 00000000000000000000000000000,9, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Volcano Extravaganza 2015, Fiorucci Art Trust, Stromboli, Italy
Real Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
Empty House Casa Vazia, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA
IMAGINE BRAZIL, Museum of Contemporary Art in Doha, Qatar; Tomio Ohtake Instituto, São Paulo, Brazil; DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain in Montreal (QC), Canada
Volcano Extravaganza 2015: In Favour of a Total Eclipse, Stromboli, Italy
Jac Leirner, Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium
2014
Bunkering in Paradise / The Rest of Us Just Live in It (performance), Via Egeo 16, Turin, Italy
Union, Union Pacific, London, United Kingdom
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Imagine Brazil, Musée D’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Postcodes, Casa do Povo, São Paulo, Brazil
2013
Ornamentos, Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From morn til midnight, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
Imagine Brazil, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway
Bienal Internacional de Curitiba, Curitiba, Brazil
Betão à Vista, Museu Brasileiro de Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fisicismos, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Convite à Viagem – Rumos Artes Visuais, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Correspondências, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
Del Buen Salvaje al Conceptual Revolucionario, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain 
Exposição de Verão 10 anos, Silvia Cintra + Box4 Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
APRIL, Sadie Coles HQ, London, United Kingdom
Time Space Poker Face, Be-Part, Waregem, Belgium
In lines and Realignments, Simon Lee Gallery, London, England
2012
Repeat To Fade, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil 

Da próxima vez eu fazia tudo diferente, Pivô, Edifício Copan, São Paulo, Brazil

Abre Alas 8, Galeria A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rumos Artes Visuais, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil
23°33’42′′_46°40’09′′, Galerie TORRI, Paris, France
2011
MYTHOLOGIES, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France 

Rumos Itaú Cultural 2011/2013, São Paulo, Brazil 

Meditation, Trance, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil

17o Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporânea – Sesc VideoBrasil, SESC Belenzinho, São Paulo, Brazil

2010
Tentativa e Aposta, Red Bull House Of Art, São Paulo, BraZil 

Sempre à Vista (Miragem), Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil

2009
LO-FI KIBUTZ, galeria polinesia, São Paulo, Brazil

2008
Colônia Selvagem, galeria polinesia, São Paulo, Brazil

2007
Tropical Punk, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom 
TATI, Pandangle House/Favela Erótica, London, United Kingdom
2006
Viés, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil


2003
Vizinhos, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil 

poT, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil 

Awards
Prêmio Residência Artística, Kiosko, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Collections
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kindgom 
Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin, Italy
The Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal
Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany

Exhibitions
natura naturans
Natura Naturans
Adriano Costa We Chose Life . What Now, Georg? Tshirts ?
Neither.
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Prediction
Curated by Milovan Farronato
Adriano Costa Every Camel Tells a Story
Poem N° 00000000000000000,9
Curated by Supportico Lopez
Adriano Costa S Título C Amor From Me To U
Repeat to Fade
Adriano Costa Plantation
Meditação, Transe
Sempre à Vista (Miragem)
Publications
Adriano Costa Adriano Costa
2014
Art Cities of the Future: 21st century Avant-Gardes Adriano Costa, Runo Lagomarsino
2013
Desdobramentos Da Pintura Brasileira Séc. XXI Adriano Costa
2012
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