Kyriaki Costa was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She studied Byzantine and Applied Arts in Greece and the United Kingdom. She received her Masters degree in Art from Kingston University, London. She is a member of the Cyprus Visual Artists’ Association and has participated in many group exhibitions and international art fairs. Since 2010, she has been teaching part-time at the School of Arts and Education Sciences of the European University, Cyprus. Since 2013, she is the Artistic Coordinator of the Non Profit Organization Phaneromenis 70. Her recent work deals with social and natural phenomena which she enigmatically transforms and places in indoor spaces. By musealising the natural world her work constantly blurs the boundaries of nature and culture allowing the audience to see them as part of a continuum. Costa deals with topographies, histories, and place-making, by using art as an anthropological practice and as a set of interventions on the social. The corpus of her work as a whole is thematically influenced by history, sociology and the politics of identity and space. She is also an activist in Cyprus focusing on environmental issues as well as matters of public spaces and the commons. She represented Cyprus at the Cairo Biennale in 2006 with the piece “Sweet Land” winning the ‘Best Pavilion Prize’. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Cyprus and abroad including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Greece.
Kyriaki Costa, Guradian Angel, 2000, Mixed media, 22 x 16 cm