Toni Costa (1935 - 2013)

Toni Costa was born in Padua in 1935 and was one of the founders of Gruppo N in 1959, which was the core of Arte Programmata and Kinetic Art movements. Its members included Edoardo Landi, Manfredo Massironi, Ennio Chiggio, and Alberto Biasi. In their manifesto, written in 1961, these artists declared themselves “experimental draftsmen,” free from any plans or artistic tendencies and sharing the search for a new definition of art as union of painting, sculpture, architecture, and industrial production. The group’s collective research resulted in the creation of many visual-kinetic works of art, as well as a series of presentations at the Galleria Enne in Padua, where Costa held his first solo exhibition that same year.

 

n 1961 Costa took part in Art Abstrait Constructif International, an exhibition held in the Denise René Gallery in Paris, and the Zagreb Biennial.  In 1963 he won the first prize at the San Remo Biennale, and the year after he was invited to show at the Venice Biennale and in the exhibition Nouvelle Tendances at the Louvre, Paris.

 

Afterwards, besides being included in many group shows about Programmed and Kinetic art, he held several solo exhibitions.

Dinamica Visuale

1966

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70 x 70 cm

 

Dinamica Visuale

1968

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60 x 60 cm

 

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