Antonio Costa Da

1917

Artist biography

Antonio Costa Da is an established contemporary visual artist, Antonio Costa Da was born in 1917. Artists like Anthony Beauchamp, Karl Bruchhäuser, Willi Brombach, David Sill Burt, and Harrison Begay were also born in 1917.

Further Biographical Context for Antonio Costa Da

Born in 1917, Antonio Costa Da was largely inspired by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.