FRANCO COSTA - Biography

Franco Costa, born in Rome in 1934, studied music (Accademia di S. Cecilia), architecture (Zurich), art (Ecole des Arts et Metiers - Paris).
Before devoting himself definitively to painting with acrylics and serigraphs, he experimented with art in its various expressions through tapestries, ceramics, fabrics for high fashion, works on glass, scenography and costumes for television, cinema and theater.
Franco Costa's countless works reflect his lively personality and joie de vivre, which he expresses with works that contain a kaleidoscope of colors. His paintings, prints, serigraphs through a harmony of bright colors, spaces, lines, sinuous shapes, but also of extreme simplicity communicate his creative energy and optimism.
His artistic growth was influenced by encounters with various masters such as Nicolas De Stael, Matisse, Le Courbusier, Picasso and Fellini, but also by the numerous trips around the world from which he draws inspiration for his art which he himself says reflects brotherhood of humanity`.
Franco Costa ranges between typically pictorial themes such as landscapes, flowers, the sea, but also sporting events such as sailing competitions, tennis, skiing, horse riding, motor racing. Among the commissioned events, names such as: Champagne Mumm, Renault, Volvo, Dupont, Diet Pepsi, Beck's Beer, the Royal Orchestra of Denmark, the Bank of Italy and the Chase Manhattan Bank, to name a few, stand out. Above all, the official images for events such as the America's Cup, Whitbred Round World Race, Sky Race Vesalloppet and the sailing races of the Barcelona Olympics on behalf of the French Sailing Federation are memorable.
Important moments of his artistic and interior path are some significant humanitarian initiatives such as `the International Year Of Child` for Unicef,` Food for All` for Fao, `2000 Enfants pour l'Anne 2000` for Telethon France with various artists including Folon, and Never more Holocaust donated by Rabin to His Holiness Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.
His works have been exhibited in New York, Washigton, Newport, Paris, London, Copenhagen and in various cities of Sweden, Oslo, as well as in many other countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia.