Born in 1973, lives and works in Porto.
Artist with a complex and dynamic profile, assumes the field of visual arts as a central focus of his practice, thereafter he moves without any dout by a variety of media and art languages. from draw to installation, from photography to performance, he uses and works the fragmentation of the disciplines in his experimentation process.
A. R. Costa is one of the portuguese artists who has most contributed to define systems of independence for the art practice, and the artist himself... independence on the production and artwork dissemination / promotional process. He is the responsible for the co-foundation of spaces in Porto - Portugal, where he developed curatorship activity. These activities always had different cultural objectives, from those in the "formal" channels of display. We must say, he is an "artist-curator" like, Pedro Cabral Santo, Paulo Mendes or Manuel Santos Maia.
His practice, is winsome as it is real, and disarm emblematic dimensions of "settled" or "pre-determined" systems - a process seen as a "self-undefined" methodology or, a kind of tour by contemporary disorder. This process disrupt the idea of communication systems, regular processes, power or certainty. A. R. Costa vocabulary confirms a critical analysis around the disappointment of cultural/social contemporary system, which implies simulation and despotism, developed as a way to punish the individual.
Alexandre A. R. Costa, proposes the "undecidability" of his own practice, leaving space for the spectator increase his conscious and critical position...
ALEXANDRE A.R. COSTA DEVELOPS SOME OTHER KIND OF ART WORKS AND PROJECTS: Member-founder of the electronic music, visual arts and performance collective \\\"publicperformedia\\\" [with jorge fernando dos santos and francisco laranjeira, 2006-2008]
www.myspace.com/publicperformedia; Member-founder of the visual arts and performance collective \\\"the fictionary players\\\" [with miguel seabra and jorge fernando dos santos, 2002-2008] www.fictionaryplayers.blogspot.com; collaborates as musician at pal [pedro almeida] project \\\"g.v. - variable guitars\\\"  www.larapal.org/guitarrasvariaveis