Esteban Da Costa, ‘Phynta’ (1979) – is an Amsterdam based artists who studied at Willem the Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He started his career in the advertising branch as an art-director. This was the base for what later became an artistic career, combining his passion for drawing and painting with his new acquired conception and communications skills.
Phynta’s work approaches the classic analogue handwork of painting and combines it with 3D technology creating a new visual experience. Looking at the paintings through a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses (red-cyan/blue) makes the subject on the canvas ‘come back to life’ and turns the flat surface of the canvas into a 3-dimensional world.
The series Hollywoodland 3D is an ongoing project that combines the classical painting on canvas merged with digital 3D Hollywood imagery. All the canvases reveal hints of the tragic ending that a lot of Hollywood starts went through and that marked their destiny and stayed in the memory of the spectator.
In the series Nature/Structure Phynta explores the relation and/or dualism between the modern man-made world and mother nature. By definition two opposing, yet in some visual elements rhyming, images are superimposed creating a new image that merges nature with structure. One can reveal each image separately by shining a red or cyan/blue light onto de image or by looking through red or cyan/blue glasses.