Costas Mantzalos


category: artist, academic, education adult, installation, photography, new media / e-media
characteristics: light, sound
organisations: Two Four Two

b.: 1963  •  gender: male

Born in Famagusta, lives and works in Nicosia.

Studied visual and graphic arts in the United Kingdom.

In 1996 he founded Art Group 242 along with Constantinos Kounnis and they have been working collectively ever since. Their Art could be characterised as visual-multimodal since they use video, photography and installation as their primary medium. Their themes revolve around human emotion and touch mainly upon sociological issues that trouble modern man. Their immediate purpose is for the viewer, not to remain passive but to interact with their work, either physically or emotionally.

The Art Group 242 has been presenting its work since 1999 in solo exhibitions in Cyprus, Germany and Australia and has participated in various group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Holland, France, Monaco, Spain and Italy.

At the same time Costas Mantzalos has been an academic since 1989 and during 2008-2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture, Fine and Applied Arts of Frederick University.

"Over the course of the 20th century, the boundaries of artistic genres have shifted and changed. It is not rare in the contemporary art scene to find works that require a whole new platform to be placed upon. A platform, which can accommodate a hybrid of disciplines such as design, architecture, fashion, even literature.

TWO|FOUR|TWO Art Group embarked on its visual voyage as a collaborative duo. Coming from different backgrounds –a visual artist and an architect– we explore our common experience to establish a shared base, where we can communicate, among ourselves and with our viewers. Our work does not pretend to be a traditional piece of art, seeking instead a new platform on which to stand in its own right. It was the creative displacement of both parts, which led us to work as a group.

TWO|FOUR|TWO Art Group lives and believes in Art, as an evolutionary institution, which changes and mutates with the passing of time, yet, like democracy, remains a supreme power in the hands of the people and is characterized by the recognition of equality of opinions and voices."

Art Group 242