Cosmo MacDonald is an emerging British artist and former model. Son of an English painter and Australian botanist, Cosmo grew up in Tuscany before moving to the beach town of Byron Bay in Australia when he was eleven. He relocated to London after finishing his studies to immerse himself in the art world and youth culture - he has been based there ever since, along with his brother Toto, a musician who plays in the band SPLASHH. Cosmo accidentally fell into modeling after being scouted at a supermarket, and went on to appear on the cover of Vogue Italia and in campaigns for Trussardi and Puma. Cosmo's passion for photography began as a young boy, when his father gave him a camera: "I remember watching him as little kid photographing his big canvases outside ... looking onto Tuscan fields. That really inspired me. There were always cameras around." While he has only been painting for a couple of years, the self-taught artist's wild, abstract style has already impressed a number of London galleries, and his paintings have drawn comparisons with the colorful large-scale works of Matisse and Picasso. Cosmo is currently working on a commission for Purple magazine, as well as the artists' collective Golden Pirates Group Exhibition in Clapton. He is hoping to host his first solo show at the end of 2013.