Paintings by Aissata Pinto da Costa have universal appeal: they speak to all people regardless of race or religion. A true citizen of the world, Aissata has lived in 6 countries, traveled to 50 nations and speaks 5 languages fluently. Her paintings have been exhibited at venues including Marymount Manhattan College and The Steuben Glass Gallery New York, NY. She has garnered the attention of art-lovers world-wide, and has an international collector base.
From her many years as a model in Paris, she developed an interest in fabrics, textiles, patterns and the form of the human body, all of which are expressed in her art. An autodidact, Aissata has taught herself many skills and continually experiments with new techniques and materials. When she was unable to locate African-style dishes, she opted to paint a line of her own by hand. Her collections were discovered and produced by the Portuguese tableware house, Vista Alegre, to great success.
Painting on large canvases is strenuous work, and Aissata feels an affinity for those who channel raw energy through their bodies (musicians, athletes and dancers). Exercising daily, she brings the concepts of discipline, physical activity, strength and joy to inform her artistic practice. Running, cycling and practicing yoga and pilates are ways Aissata stays connected to her own body and the physicality of the figures she paints on her canvases.