Franco Costa | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books
Franco Costa, born in Rome in 1934, studied music (Accademia di S. Cecilia), architecture (Zurich), art (Ecole des Arts et Metiers - Paris).
Before finally dedicating himself to painting with acrylics and serigraphs, he experimented with art in its various expressions through tapestries, ceramics, fabrics for high fashion, glass work, sets and costumes for television, cinema and theater.
The countless works of Franco Costa 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 extremely simple, communicate his creative energy and his 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 travels around the world from which he draws inspiration for his art, which he himself says reflect the 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, car racing. Among the commissioned events stand out 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. Especially memorable are the official images for events such as the America’s Cup, Whitbred Round World Race, Sky Race Vesalloppet and the sailing competitions of the Barcelona Olympics on behalf of the French Sailing Federation.
Important moments of his artistic and interior career 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 in Sweden, Oslo, as well as in many other countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia.