About Niccolo Cosme

Niccolo Cosme started his career in the field of photography in 2001. He has always been fascinated with meanings and symbolisms and in Christian iconography, which is present in most of his conceptual and some commercial works. Greatly inspired by pain and sorrow, which is translated into a beautiful and compelling work of art, the Mater Dolorosa — or the Sorrowful Virgin Mary — is one of his favorite subjects. Recognized by many for his obvious talent, Niccolo has worked on different campaigns in the Philippines and abroad.

Niccolo initiated The Project Headshot Clinic, a small project born out of curiosity, in 2007. Today, it has grown into a big concept that merges online profile photos with advertising to promote awareness on campaigns, advertisements, and advocacies. The Project Headshot Clinic has tied up with companies/organizations, such as UNAIDS, other UN agencies, Save The Children etc. and has accomplished projects in other countries around South East Asia and the USA.

He also co founded The Red Whistle campaign in 2011, a community response to the alarming situation of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines where he collaborate with different civil society and nongovernment organizations to further this cause. Niccolo is also a great supporter of LGBT rights and various projects involving the environment in the Philippines. He considers activism an integral part of himself as an artist and as a humanitarian. On the same year he was hailed “Pioneer for life” for Levi’s “Go Forth” (Levi’s global campaign) in the Philippines.

In 2011, Niccolo Cosme topped the 7th annual Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Affiliate Asian-Pacific Image Competition in Seoul, Korea with his artwork, The Brotherhood of Men. It garnered a total score of 91, making it first prize among more than 400 entries from different countries that included Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Korea.

In February 2012, he was among the 32 recipients of the Ani ng Dangal Awards (Harvest of Honors) by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Philippines. On the same year his artwork “The Trials” from his Resplendor collection was sent to the UNAIDS (United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS) Arts for AIDS gallery for permanent display in Geneva Switzerland.

Niccolo Cosme

1980 – Born in Cavite, Philippines

2001 – BA Major in Communications, De La Salle University – Dasmarinas

Solo Exhibitions

2005 – La Magdalena (Cavite, Philippines)

2006 – La Magdalena II (DPI Gallery, Pasig City Philippines)

2007 – One World (Glorietta, Makati, Philippines)

2008 – Aware (Fiamma, Makati, Philippines)

2009 – Move (Greenbelt 5, Fashion Walk, Makati, Philippines)

2010 – Act (Batasang Pambansa, The Philippine Congress)

2010 – Cosme XXX (The Lighthouse Studio, Malate, Philippines)

2010 – National Geographic Channel “Live Curious” Exhibit (Manila)

2011 – Resplendor (Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila)

2011 – Project Headshot Clinic – Commit (Greenbelt 5, Makati, Philippines)

2012 – Path Breakers and Pioneers (Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila)

2012 – Resplendor, (API Wellness Center, San Francisco)

2012 – Resplendor, (Philippine Center, New York)

2012 – Project Headshot Clinic – Unite photo exhibit (The Philippine Senate)

2013 – Traversing Across the Universe (Resorts World Manila)

2013 – Monologues, Soliloquies and Tributes, (Jeanne et Gaston, New York)

2013 – Monologues, Soliloquies and Tributes (Ed Freeman Gallery Los Angeles)

2014 – The Altar Boy (Tally Beck Contemporary Gallery, New York City)

2015 – Transform (Pineapple Lab Gallery, Makati, Philippines)

2016 – Niccolo Cosme’s XIV (Pineapple Lab Gallery, Makati, Philippines)

2017 – Project Headshot Clinic X (Pineapple Lab Gallery, Makati, Philippines)