Francisco da Costa Maya
works in a variety of media including oil paint, enamel, pen and ink, watercolor, pastel, plaster and stone carving, clay sculpture, etching, lithography, mixed and digital media. His unique images and forms emerge from his interior spiritual world and are combined with compassionate responses to exterior events. He is an artist who deeply cares for, and celebrates, the human condition. He has been described by critics as a philosophical and mystical artist, a surrealist, a pacifist, and a humanist.

Da Costa Maya was born in 1951 in Lisbon, Portugal. He was one of 13 children. As a child he loved art and learned from his uncle Francisco Maya. In school the teachers encouraged him to paint. As a teenager he started art school but left to join the military. However, he could not be a soldier. He did not want to harm any living thing. Because of this, he had to leave his country.

Francisco followed his dream to become an artist and to devote his life to painting about peace, love, and justice. Living first in Paris, he later settled in Malmo, Sweden where he lives today as an artist, father of four children, and grandfather of one.

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Da Costa Maya has exhibited his work internationally for the past thirty-seven years, with shows in Portugal, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and the United States where many works are held in private collections.

For further information on his work in Metamorphosis of Peace contact his agent, Armando Pedrosa