Collection: Ana Rolaça Costa

Ana Rolaça Costa (b. 1983, Silves) is a visual artist whose work questions the ideal of Mass Beauty of the last decades, in paintings of large, medium and/or small dimensions and drawings/collages of small dimensions.

Since 2008, Ana Rolaça Costa has been creating unique works that represent deformed, material and colorful human or animal forms, combining “traditional painting” techniques with those of “action painting”.

The existence of “visceral forms” throughout her work is preponderant and its creation, development and destruction are the driving force behind her aesthetics.

The importance of the gesture is also evident, with the hand being the vehicle for the representation of different degrees of organicity and materiality. The hand/gesture tracks dictate in her paintings the movements, directions and orientations of the “so-called visceral forms”.

Lately, her work revolves around the idea of ​​“internally raw things”, expanding the spectrum of her work, not only to the representation of human or animal forms, but others: organic forms, etc.

Ana Rolaça Costa graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon (FBAUL) in 2006 and completed in 2009 the Master's program in Fine Arts at the Helsinki University of Art and Design (Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu). She currently lives and works in Lagoa.

Exhibitions

Ana Rolaça Costa’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions such as Pudica Granatum, Molière – School of Performing Arts, Pêra (2015); Solo Exhibition, Municipal Library of Silves, Silves (2011); Perceptions of Body, Galleria Nunes, Helsinki, Finland (2009); Inner Forms, Galleria Atski, Helsinki, Finland (2009).

Ana R. Costa also participated in several group exhibitions, including: 17th International Exhibition of Plastic Arts of Vendas Novas, Vendas Novas (2011); Anas Aqui, (included in the Lusomundo Kulttuuriviikko event), Café Posto, Helsinki, Finland (2010); Epäyhtälö, Galleria Rantakasarmi, Suomellinna, Finland (2010); Preliminary Investigation, Cultural Park Patarei (Tallin Vangla), Tallinn, Estonia (2009); Nexus, Vuotalo (Kultuuri Talo), Vuosaari, Finland (2009); Isolation/Eristys, Galleria Myymmälä 2, Helsinki, Finland (2008); Isolation/Eristys, Taidepaimo, Lahti, Finland (2008); Goldener Kentaur Award, Münchner Küntlerhaus, Munich; Germany (2007); Exhibition of Painting Finalists, National Society of Fine Arts (SNBA) and Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), Lisbon, PT (2006); Painting Exhibition, Student Association Room, FBAUL, Lisbon, PT (2006); Exhibition of Drawing Finalists, National Society of Fine Arts (SNBA), Lisbon, PT (2006)

Her work was published in the Fbaul Awards 03’08 catalog, Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon (2008), page 133. 

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