Canberra born, Grace Costa has spent the past 19-years building her career as a
commercial photographer and most recently, a photo-based artist. She has built a multiaward-winning portfolio in this time. In 2014, “Portrait of Minika” ensured a finalist position for
Grace in the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National
Portrait Gallery and she has also been a finalist in the Head On Photo Prize in 2020.
Grace’s heart lies with contemporary portraiture where she is best known for her striking yet
hyperreal portraits of horses, developed from her history with horses growing up where she
learnt everything from her father, a well-respected horseman in Canberra. She has turned
equine art on its head and brought it into the 21st century with contemporary and
imaginative portraits of the horses she so carefully selects for her collections. She was
unable to find contemporary and stylish art that represented the way she saw horses so she
created what she wanted from her own imagination.
Grace’s ‘Horse collection’ has captured the hearts of many over the years infact it inspired
her TEDx Canberra talk in 2017, ‘Finding your creative truth through personal story’ in 2017.
Grace has achieved multiple industry awards and featured in numerous respected Australian
publications, such as Photo Review , Equine Magazine and The Eye Creative Magazine,
and in 2019 launched her first ever short film (created by Tenalphas productions) based
around her father’s story with horses, The Narrabundah Boy at Palace Electric in Canberra.
Grace enjoys curating, and in 2020 received the Canberra Critics Award for mentoring and
curating a group show as part of a year long ‘Concept to Exhibition’ program with
PhotoAccess. Grace herself exhibits in both solo and group shows in galleries around
Australia, with work acquired for private collections worldwide.
Grace is passionate about inspiring others through her photography journey through guest
speaking and offering master classes to adults learning the art of photography.
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