Transforming a mountain
About the Artist
Costantino Zicarelli (b. 1984), who previously shifted from paintings and mirror installations rooted in the dark side of popular culture into an elegant repertoire of graphite drawings and found wood assemblages, now finds familiar foliage in oil painting. From works that gave a nod to the history and subculture of black meta, goth, and everything rock n' roll, to works that referenced science fiction, he has shown profound interest in patters as evident in his large-scale wood grain drawings in graphite and in wallpaper-like paintings on canvas.
Despite a decade away from the medium, his new works in oil depict landscapes and evoke scenes that still hark to the future and the unknown. Working across installation, sculpture, drawing, and painting, he has done exhibitions in Manila, Singapore, Malaysia, Norway, and New York. He received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award in 2012 and the Ateneo Art Awards in 2017 and 219, for which he was awarded a residency at Liverpool Hope University in 2018 and La Trobe University in 2020.
Costantino Zicarelli will be presenting his works at Artinformal.