Carlo Cesta is a visual artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 1980 and was a featured artist of Perspective 94 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada (1996), His exhibitions include: Dalgas Underground, Copenhagen, Denmark (1996), Rococo Tattoo (1997), the Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (1997), Slowdownspeedfreak (2001), the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Beyond in Western New York (2005), organized by the Albright-Knox Museum at Hallwalls, Buffalo N.Y., Canadian Club (2005), Canadian Cultural Center, Paris France. He recently completed two public art projects in Toronto; Drift (2013), and a collaborative sculpture with fellow artist Nestor Kruger, Fountaingrove (2014). His work has been included in Form follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto an exhibition at the Art Museum, University of Toronto (2016), Context New York, New York City (2016) and in a solo exhibition entitled 50 Gallons at the Boarding House Gallery at the University of Guelph in (2016). He will be participating an exhibition, Imago Mundi, in Venice/ Milano, Italy (2017).
I am interested in how vernacular modes of expression can act as counterpoints to official language, art and architecture. My work explores the dynamic tensions between multiple forms of cultural production through the transformation of prosaic objects and common materials. In my work, historical and cultural references subvert pure abstraction and static minimalist forms aspire towards fluid meanings.