Claudio Costa

Claudio Costa (Tirana, Albania, 1942 – Genova, Italy, 1995). Claudio Costa is considered one of the most important figure of the 1970s avant-garde movement. His practice evolved throughout several periods in which he would base his work on scientific studies such as palaeontology, archaeology and chemistry. With the latter, he produced a series of “acid canvases”, consisting of multiple superposition of acids creating shapes and colours by chemical reaction. Shortly after exhibiting them at the 1986 Venice Biennale, Costa directed his work and research towards psychiatry by settling his workshop as an art therapist in a Geneva hospital in 1986. Costa’s vision and aesthetics were visibly and undeniably ahead of their time.

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