b. 1970, Turkey

Antonio Cosentino Biography

In Antonio Cosentino's works, one finds a wealth of images distilled from everyday life, the depths of personal, memory, and the visual culture of the artist's city. While the shifting character of highbrow and low-brow art was being discussed in the 90's contemporary art milieus, Cosentino and his artist friends undertook, as it were, the archaeology of a gaze which brought subculture into question. It is from this period on that Cosentino's painting incorporated materials from the visual culture of our geography without letting one dominate the others: panels, signboards, wrappings and ceramic tiles. The artist's images embrace an expression that is dislocated and fragmentary, but also somehow holistic and repetitive, thereby breaking open a third window: a mnemonic space that is at once colorful and meditative... While his memory constantly operates like an archivist, the artist documents all sorts of written and visual data. Cosentino's mobile and ludic setup once again reminds us of the typical obliviousness of modernity, by suggesting concepts such as the fleetingness of megacities and urban architecture, the loss of human scale and localness, the superhuman speed and even consumption.

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Antonio Cosentino graduated from the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts at Mimar Sinan University in 1994. He founded the art initiative Hafriyat with Hakan Gürsoytrak and Mustafa Pancar in 1996. His recent exhibitions include Summer was a Beautiful Day (Zilberman Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2018), School Square Galatasaray (curator: Çelenk Bafra, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, 2018), HOME IS WHERE THE (HE)ART IS (Galerie Paris-Beijing, Paris, France, 2018), HARBOR (Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017); boxes of cigarettes and whisky all over the sea, ferâre, my love (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016); Istanbul, Passion, Joy, Fury (curators: Hou Hanru, Ceren Erdem, Elena Motisi and Donatella Saroli, MAXXI National 21st Century Arts Museum, Rome, Italy, 2015); Mom I'm Going Out to Pour Some Concrete (with Extrastruggle, Studio-X, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015); Escape from Marmara Sea: The Stelyanos Hrisopulos (Salt Ulus, Ankara, Turkey, 2015); Departure Marmara Sea (Bergsen & Bergsen, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013) and Tin City (Külah, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013). Having participated in numerous exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad, Cosentino contributed works to Spare Time, Great Work (Platform 3, Munich, Germany, 2011), and Tactics of Invisibility (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Tanas, Berlin, Germany; ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey 2010-2011) with the collective Hafriyat. The artist lives and works in Istanbul.

Antonio Cosentino Featured Artworks

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Room by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Antonio Cosentino Room, 2022 Pastel on paper
70 x 100 cm
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From Penniless Lovers series by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Antonio Cosentino From Penniless Lovers series, 2022 Pastel on paper
50 x 65 cm
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Burgazada by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Antonio Cosentino Burgazada, 2022 Pastel on paper
70 x 100 cm
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Summer Diaries by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork works on paper
Antonio Cosentino Summer Diaries, 2022 Pastel on paper
70 x 100 cm
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Summer Diaries by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Antonio Cosentino Summer Diaries, 2022 Oil on canvas
200 x 250 cm
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Yaz Günlükleri / Summer Diaries by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Antonio Cosentino Yaz Günlükleri / Summer Diaries, 2022 Pastel on paper
70 x 100 cm
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Yaz Günlükleri / Summer Diaries by Antonio Cosentino contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Antonio Cosentino Yaz Günlükleri / Summer Diaries, 2022 Pastel on paper
70 x 100 cm
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Antonio Cosentino Recent Exhibitions

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Antonio Cosentino Represented By

Zilberman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Istanbul, Turkey
Zilberman Gallery Berlin, Istanbul
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