Tony Costa completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies.
Tony completed his postgraduate studies at the City Art Institute Sydney (now UNSW Art & Design).
In 1988, he was selected to participate in the Triangle Artists’ Workshop in New York. He was an Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prize Winner in 2019 and Archibald Prize Finalist in 2018, 2017 & 2015 and he had also been a finalist in the Art Gallery of NSW Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize & Dobell Prize for Drawing as well as a finalist in Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Fleurieu Biennale and the Kilgour Portrait Prize at Newcastle Art Gallery. He was the winner of the 2014 Paddington Art Prize for Landscape painting.