in Athens in 1957. Appears on the art scene in the early 1980s, working
persistently on methods to represent the cognitive perception of space.
In his early works he processes through painting the transformations of
the straight line in relation to the mathematical calculations of space-time.
In 1990 he articulates the notion of space and time in his text Espace
de Mémoire, which will provide the basic material for his subsequent
works. He lives and works in Athens.
Espace de Mémoire. Rosetta,
on wood-mounted canvas, Plexiglas, 191x141x15cm
work was prepared specifically for the exhibition "Mythologies of the Book"
in Frankfurt. The Espace de Mémoire cycle started in 1990,
based on a text written by the artist which is methodically translated
into all current or dead languages of human civilisation since it was written
and forms the constant element in the work of a lifetime: THE TIME...THE
SPACE...THE FIRE, THE WATER, THE AIR, THE EARTH...THE MEMORY...THE HUMAN
RACE...THE LOGIC...THE PAST, THE PRESENT, THE FUTURE...THE PHILOSOPHY...THE
IDEA... ESPACE DE MEMOIRE BLURRY, BLACK WALL, CURTAIN WITHOUT ENTRANCE
TO MEMORY...THE WATER FLOWS, DESTROYS, CARRIES AWAY, TRANSFORMS, OPENS
THE BLUE AISLE...THE AGONY-THE EFFORT-THE WAY-THE PROPOSAL... ESPACE DE
MEMOIRE THE MEDITATION-THE TIME AND THE SPACE FOR ONESELF-THE SOLUTION-THE
POSITION... ESPACE DE MEMOIRE THE HUMAN MEMORY-THE MEMORY OF THE UNIVERSE-THE
MEMORY OF CREATION... ESPACE DE MEMOIRE E G O
in Athens in 1947. Studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome
(1966-1971) and architecture at the University of Turin. It is a decisive
time for his aesthetic development. In the mid-1980s he focuses on the
importance of memory as a myth-making space for intellect and writing.
Since 1974 he has presented his work in individual exhibitions at galleries
and art centres in various European countries. Lives and works in Bern
Self-knowledge, Soul, Body,
canvases, electric bulb, 39x48x29cm
76x118cm, table 62x56cm, clay
Panayotidis’s first photocompositions, with images of mines and industrial
spaces in Attica and Serifos combined with fragments of words which allude
to phrases of classical writers, art history, man and nature, appear in
the late 1980s. With the encouragement of his friend Hans Christof von
Tavel, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Bern, this cycle of work
which is still continued to this day has been collected in a publication
which includes the works on show: Nakis Panayotidis, Mnemographie,
edited by H. Chr. von Tavel, Benteli Verlag, Wabern-Berne, 1994, pp. 47,
in Athens in 1955. Studied graphic design and painting at the Akademie
Sztuk Pieknych (1978-1983) under H. Tomaszewski and T. Pagowska. Since
the early 1990s he has adopted an autobiographical kind of painting which
references comic strips and graffiti and stands as one of the most genuine
expressions of this trend in Greece. He has presented his work in many
Youth Biennales around Europe and has organised many individual exhibitions
in Greece. Lives and works in Athens.
Ilios", Athens 1992.
||2. The Memories
of the Captain
Ilios", Athens 1995.
||3. Make love...
Ekdoseis", © Tasos Pavlopoulos, Athens 1996.
||4. Muses Museum
on canvas, 215x150cm.
with other works of the 1990s, this painting has been variously reproduced
in offset, book illustrations and wallpaper rolls. A prolific writer with
genuine wit and talent, he has published short stories, commentaries, thoughts
and illustrated fiction in which he constantly interweaves writing and
images in a subtle and caustic spirit.