Costas Picadas’ work is about light and it’s energy. His recent work Photon expresses metaphorically light and its radiation. “A photon is an elementary particle, the quantum of the electromagnetic field including electromagnetic radiation such as light, and the force carrier for the electromagnetic force (even when static via virtual photons). The photon has zero rest mass and always moves at the speed of light within a vacuum. Like all elementary particles, photons are currently best explained by quantum mechanics and exhibit wave– particle duality, exhibiting properties of both waves and particles. 
— Inke Boisseau-Beville
In his inventive “Quark Tunneling” print series Costas Picadas creates a profound worldview in poetic tableaux where the underpinnings of science and philosophy inform captivating ethereal images. Picadas delves for inspiration into the foundations of quantum mechanics, evoking in comprehensible visual formats the essence of visible light that can behave both as elementary particles (photons} and waves. The artist highlights these innumerable minuscule particles to produce galaxies of forms, the visual equivalent of shapes that travel at the speed of light. His stunning prints conjure the aftermath of explosions in which the forces generate fierce winds that obliterate normal visual perception and specified boundaries. Radiant white light illuminates a gamut of fallout whose particles pepper the surfaces of mingling forms and dark figures. Picadas creates systems of intricate shapes whose shifting spatial orientations signal a fresh way of perceiving a morphing universe that may herald symbolically the impending advent of a new metaphysical existence. The incisive “Time Dilation” prints, with the grandeur of their dazzling architectural elements and floating fragments, elicit feelings of infinity and eternity. With sweeping mazes of shapes set within reflective metallic beams, the artist builds a universe of variations in structures that might plausibly provide habitats for the future. The vibrant majesty of these compelling works renders their challenging message optimistic. The prints provide alternative visions of conceivable realities in a symbolic domain of awe and wonder. These insightful brilliant works, situated in a sphere of time, space and existence trigger feelings that are complex and liberating.
— Mary Hrbacek



Costas Picadas was born in Ioannina Greece. He studied art at the Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and art history at the Louvre School in Paris. Picadas’ work has been exhibited, among other places, at Queens Museum- Bulova NY, Budman Gallery NY, Denise Bibro Gallery NY, The Blender Gallery Athens Greece, Gallery Gransart Paris, Mykonos Biennale Greece, The Young Art Fair in Switzerland, Gallery J&J Donguy Paris, Some Young New Yorkers III at PS1 NY, Kappatos Gallery, Athens, Greece, Gallery de Buci Paris, Gallery Anatole Chartres, France, Gallery de Nest Paris, Salon de Montrouge, Paris, W.G. Amsterdam, Holland, and the Festival of Avignon, France. Articles, reviews and critical analysis of Picadas’ work appear in solo and group show catalogues in addition to newspapers and magazines in France, Greece and New York, such as Zing Magazine, Absolute Arts, New York Spaces Magazine and Flash Art. Since 1994 he has been living and working in New York City.




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"Investigations, an exhibition of photographs by Costas Picadas" 2000-07-19 until 2000-10-25 Queens Museum of Art Queens, NY, USA

The Queens Museum of Art presents Investigations, an exhibition of photographs by Costas Picadas, July 19th through October 25th in the museum’s satellite gallery at the Bulova Corporate Center located in Jackson Heights, Queens. Widely exhibited in Europe, this is Picadas’ first solo exhibition in the United States.

Investigations is a unique compilation of photographs with an unusual origin. Their initial function was to assess and document the legitimacy of insurance claims involving property damage. Picadas manages to create unique imagery filled with artistic charm in his efforts to provide conclusive evidence of such damage, identify cause, and verify the authenticity of the claims.

The exhibition consists of six large scale (40 x 60 and 30 x 40 inches each) color prints in diptychs or triptychs. Although Picadas does not manipulate his photographs in the usual sense, his work can be seen as an extension of the genre of constructed photography that began in the 1980s and is practiced by such artists as Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, and Gregory Crewdson. He appropriates existing images, taking them out of their original context, and re-mixes them into fictive narratives.

A native of Greece, Picadas studied at the Ecole National Superieur des Beaux Arts and Ecole du Louvre, both located in Paris. He has displayed his works throughout Europe and has authored two books- Septenaire and Nomades. In addition, one of his works was included in the P.S. 1 exhibition Crisscross.