Grace Costa’s natural ability to capture expressive images has earned her success over an 18-year career as a commercial photographer and photo-based artist. She studied an Advanced Diploma of Commercial Photography through Canberra Institute of Technology from 2000-2002.
Since then Grace has built a multi-award-winning portfolio and In 2014, “Portrait of Minika” ensured a finalist position for Grace in the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Grace’s heart lies with contemporary portraiture where she is best known for her striking yet hyper-real large-scale portraits of horses, developed from her history with horses growing up. She has turned equine art on its head and brought it into the 21st century with contemporary and imaginative portraits capturing the texture, form and grace of each horse.
Grace exhibits in both solo and group shows in galleries around Australia. Her most successful exhibition while it travelled around Australia, HORSE captured the hearts and admiration of many and featured in Head On Photo Festival. The success of HORSE led her to presenting a TEDx Canberra talk titled ‘Finding your creative truth through personal story’ in 2017, and many other opportunities flowed from there.
Grace has featured in numerous respected Australian publications including Equine, Photo Review and The Eye Creative. In 2019 Grace will add film producing to her portfolio as she launches her first short film based on her father’s story with horses.