Featured Artist: Costas Picadas

Carlos Picadas

Costas Picadas‘ photographs are an exploration of science, philosophy, light and energy. His ethereal images capture a morphing universe comprised of abstracted forms, vibrating particles, and floating fragments. Working primarily with a monochrome palette, Picadas blurs internal and external space through stunning dimensional expression.

Picadas was born in Ioannina, Greece. He studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris.

Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France.

Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.

How did the arts find you?
Growing up, I was always intrigued by the works of Marcel Duchamp and Rene Magritte. As soon I finished high school, I moved to Paris where I studied art at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. I learned the mechanics of photography with Sarah Bernard. At the same time, I also took art history courses at the Louvre. After my studies, I worked as a photographer in Paris for 6 years.  In 1993 I moved to New York City to pursue more creative opportunities. Not to mention, I truly believed the City to be the most inspiring place to live as an artist!

Who has been an influence in your career?
I don’t think there has been one particular influence on my career, but there are many artists and thinkers I admire. I enjoy the works of Cy Twombly and Yayoi Kusama, mostly for their original language, iconography and expression. I am deeply influenced by philosophy, from Plato to Descartes to Derrida; religion and esoterism, like the Kabbalah; and scientific methodologies, particularly String theory, and multiple theories of relativity, i.e. from Einstein to Steven Hawking.

When you hit a creative block, how do you move forward?
When I hit a creative block, I like to go for a walk in nature — preferably near a body of water or a forest. Having grown up in Greece, being outdoors in a natural environment always stimulates my creativity.

How do you define success?
I think success is measured by how well one can express their ideas through their medium. My work is an ongoing quest for secrets in the universe, therefore I try to create something that is meaningful and resonates with the viewer.

What do you hope your work communicates?
My photographs provide alternative visions of conceivable realities in a symbolic domain of awe and wonder. They are inspired by the foundations of quantum physics and the essence of visible light.  I work in series, many of which explore how light can behave both as elementary particles (photons) and waves. After looking at my work, I hope the viewer is inspired by science and seeks to learn more about our beautiful and mysterious universe.

What has been an important lesson you have learned during your career?
Knowing how to balance work and play.

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