Nelson Da Costa, ‘The Dialogues’, 2011, Gallery NAGA

About Nelson Da Costa

Each piece in Nelson Da Costa’s oeuvre is linked to a larger narrative, derived from observations from his life in Angola as a child, his exodus to Cuba for his studies, and then finally his immigration to the United States. He has always made works based on memories—Da Costa calls his creative process the door to “the spiritual world of my past.” Many of Da Costa’s earlier works address the destruction, poverty, and despair wrought by war, based on his own survival of the Angolan Civil War and the tragic loss of his family. More recently, he has begun to explore themes of the present and future, particularly his experiences and encounters with American culture via print media. Since he first arrived in the United States, his limited palette has since expanded kaleidoscopically.

Angolan, b. 1971, based in Boston, Massachusetts