CARLO CESTA is interested in how vernacular modes of expression can act as counterpoints to official language and architecture. His work explores the dynamic tensions between structure and ornament by merging high and low aesthetics, and by transforming prosaic objects and everyday materials. In his work, cultural references subvert pure abstraction, and static minimalist forms aspire toward fluid meanings.
Carlo Cesta lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1980. Since then, he has exhibited extensively throughout Canada, the U.S.A., and Europe. Cesta’s work has been included in public and private collections, such as Museum London, London, Ont., Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Macdonald Stuart Art Centre, Guelph, Ont., Canada, The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archive, Ottawa, Ont., Canada, The Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, Canada.
Select exhibitions include: Dalgas Underground, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996). The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (1997). Slowdownspeedfreak, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba (2001). Beyond Western New York (2005), The Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo N.Y. Canadian Club (2005), Canadian Cultural Center, Paris France. Public art projects in Toronto, Ontario include: Drift (2013) and a collaborative sculpture with fellow artist Nestor Kruger, Fountaingrove (2014). Carlo Cesta will be participating in Imago Mundi, Venice, Italy (2016).