Efi Strousa:
List of Works and Short Biographies
Contemporary Greek Artists (page 7)

Pavlos
Born in Filiatra, Messinia in 1930. Studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1949-1953). In 1954 he got a French state scholarship for Paris, and between 1955-1958 he worked in advertising and the theatre in Athens. In 1958 he settled permanently in Paris. The novelty of his work was recognised from the first years of his stay abroad and secured for him a successful professional activity in France, Belgium, Germany and other European countries as well as in the USA, in collaboration with international galleries. He represented Greece in the 1980 Biennale of Venice. A major retrospective of his work was presented at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki) and the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1997. He lives and works in Paris and Athens.
1. Bibliothèque, 1965
books, 132x100x7,5cm.
Artistís collection
2. Editions Livanis. Une autre Lecture, 2001
books, 132x100x10cm.
Artistís collection
The main material in Pavlosís works since the early 1960s has been strips of paper, posters and other printed matter cut in a printerís machine. The work Editions Livanis. Une autre Lecture was prepared specifically for the exhibition "Mythologies of the Book" in Frankfurt and is the twin of his earlier Bibliothèque. Both works are dedicated to books, which has been an area of deep interest to the artist.

Jannis Psychopedis
Born in Athens in 1945. Studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1968. Postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (1971-76) with a German state scholarship. Founding member of the group "New Greek Realists" (1971-73). Founding member of the Centre for Visual Arts (Athens 1974-76). Member of the 10/9 art group in Munich (1975). Lives and works in West Berlin from 1977 to 1986, and in Brussels from 1987 to 1992. In 1994 he is appointed as professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Has presented his work in many individual and group exhibitions in Greece, France, W. and E. Germany. Luxembourg, Spain, Yugoslavia, Ireland, Japan, Belgium, Cyprus, America, Sweden, etc., at private galleries and museums.
1. A Tale of two Cities, 1996
mixed media on paper, 17x21cm each
Artistís collection
32 drawings out of a series of 48, reproduced in the artistís book Histoire de deux villes, (text in French and Greek), Polis, Athens 1997.
These drawings, executed in Brussels, mark a mental journey through different cultural experiences in two contrasting places, the city of Brussels and the city of Athens, which are fused by means of memory and art.
2. Lower limbs, 1996
mixed media on canvas, 120x100cm
Artistís collection
The series under the general title The lower limbs was executed between1995-96 and is collected in the publication: Jannis Psychopedis, History lesson. The Lower Limbs, Ferryboat Editions, Patras-Athens-Berlin-Brussels 1996, which accompanied the presentation of this series in his individual exhibition at the Zoumboulaki Gallery, Athens, November 1996.
The political aspect which is found in most of the artistís oeuvre is especially pronounced in this series. A shift of viewpoint towards the ground reveals the dark side of history. As he notes in his book, "the other, equally eloquent side of history lies under the official tables of politics or where the frame of the camera lens ends and begins what is left out as unimportantÖ a field where the individualsí posture, walking and movements shed light on another face of historical reality, through its minor events and its correlations".

Alexandros Psychoulis
Born in Volos in 1966. Already since his student years in graphic arts and the Athens School of Fine Arts (painting, engraving) he treats art as a multifaceted area of human creativity. He becomes involved in the theatre, in writing stories, in publishing and he seeks collective work for the realization of various projects for artworks, installations and performances. In 1997 he received the Benesse Prize by the Judging Committee of the Venice Biennale and embarked on co-operation schemes with art institutions in Japan, the US, Britain, Spain, etc. He lives and works in Athens and Volos.
1. The Ascension of Dionyssios Solomos to heaven, 1990
engraving on zinc. Handmade edition with 10 etchings, 54x38,5cm
The book was printed in May, 1990 at the engraving studio of the Athens School of Fine Arts, under Professor Th. Exarchopoulos. The copperplates were printed with the aid of Renata Filippousi, Evangelia Befon and Urania Anastasiadou. Texts and headings were prepared with the aid of Ioannis Karlopoulos and printed in silkscreen with valuable help from Akis Pirounidis. Twenty copies were printed on 270gr. Arches Velin paper, numbered from 1 to 20 and signed by the artist.
2. Eikonologio, 1999, Video 6í
The video shows clearly the central axis in the artistís work of the last six years, which is about the changeable relation between words and images and reveals the fluid meaning of words when it comes to interpreting them as images. This work emphasises the multiple cultural and psychological factors which have a decisive effect on the image-forming character of the poetic act. The first interactive vocal video-installation where viewers created images on the screen by calling out their name was the Black Box, which was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and was awarded the 2nd Benesse Prize.
 


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