Kyriaki Costa was born in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Her recent work deals with social and natural phenomena which she enigmatically transforms and places in indoor spaces. By musealising the natural world her work constantly blurs the boundaries of nature and culture allowing the audience to see them as part of a continuum. Costa deals with topographies, histories, and place-making, by using art as an anthropological practice and as a set of interventions on the social. ?he corpus of her work as a whole is thematically influenced by history, sociology and the politics of identity and space. She is also an activist in Cyprus focusing on environmental issues as well as matters of public spaces and the commons.
She studied Byzantine and Applied Arts in Greece and the United Kingdom. She received her Masters degree in Art from Kingston University, London.
She is a member of the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts.
In 2006, she participated in the Saint Etienne Biennale exhibition in France, where she received the public’s prize. In the same year, she represented Cyprus at the Cairo Biennale with the piece “Sweet Land”; the Cyprus delegation received the ‘Best Pavilion Prize’.
In 2008, she received a Pancyprian prize at “Yfanseis-Weavings-Dokuma”, a competition organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
In 2009, she presented her work “Presence in Absence” in Diatopos, a center of contemporary art in Nicosia. This work received the first prize PAD International Award in Italy, for the “Mediterranean Between Present and Future” Competition. The work was presented at the International Design contest in 2009 and in the exhibition “Migrations”, curated by Heather Felty.
In 2010, Costa participated in the International Triennial of Tapestry, Poland, and in the “Kypriaka”, a competition for the upgrading of the quality of Cypriot souvenirs, in which two of her proposals were shortlisted amongst the first five.
In 2010 she had a solo show at the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia with the work “This is my country and it is unexpectedly beautiful”.
In October 2011,she participated in the exhibition The Location of Culture’. The exhibition, which marked the launch of Walk of truth, and featured artists from Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey.
In 2011-2013, she participated in the group exhibition “United States of Europe” and in the exhibition “Utopia” (new acquisitions of Niko’s Pattichis and Philleleftheros newspaper), and in the exhibition “Terra mediterranea – in crisis”, a contemporary art program organized by the Nicosia Municipal Arts center and the Pierides foundation – curated by Yiannis Toumazis.
In the same year, she participated in the exhibition Envision Cyprus – Memories alive in Brussels at the European Economic and Social Committee, under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the council of the EU.
In 2013 -2014, she is participating in the exhibition “Other Indications” at the Nicosia Municipal Arts center curated by Yiannis Toumazis and she is having a solo exhibition at the Leventis municipalital museum of Nicosia.
In 2014 she is participating in the exhibition «Threads» in the Museum for Modern Art Arnhem, Netherlands. In the same year she is participating in the exhibition «United States of Europe» Ravenna, Italy.
In 2015, she presented her work Its water: Taps and sources of Nicosia. Waterways series 2015 in «Point» a center of contemporary art in Nicosia and her work “Eternal time” at the conference Salamis of Cyprus.
In 2016 she is having a solo exhibition and presenting her work “Diaspora – I must have swallowed the dust” in SMBA – Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.
She has participated in many group exhibitions and international art fairs. Her videos are used as teaching material at the University of the Aegean.while, since 2010, she has been teaching part-time at the School of Arts and Education Sciences of the European University, Cyprus.
Since 2013, she is the Artistic Coordinator of the Non Profit Organization Phaneromenis 70.