in Malounda, Nicosia (Cyprus) in 1956. His work is moulded during the 1980s.
A large part of his exhibiting activity takes place in France. The philosophical
concept of constant transformation which determines the real image of the
world serves as the main axis of his works and space installations, emphasising
the constant interaction between mental and physical energy. In his works
he transfers these intellectual principles into three-dimensional space,
using multiple media, both physical and intangible. His work has been presented
in individual shows in France – Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain,
Midi-Pyrenées (1992), Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain d’Alsace
(1993) – and international exhibitions: Aperto ’90, Biennale di Venezia
1990, Musée d’Art Moderne, Toulouse, 1990. Represented Cyprus in
the Venice Biennale in 1997. Has executed works for public spaces in Cyprus
and France. Lives and works in Nicosia.
Metal, glass, cement, drawing; 32x32x10cm
of 35 copies
Metal, glass, cement, drawing, 32x32x20cm
of 35 copies
Tounta Art Center”.
Metal, glass, cement, drawing, silkscreen, 32x32x10cm
of 50 copies
Tounta Art Center”.
in Athens in 1953. His art matures in the late 1980s, with a large series
of black paintings executed in the dark, in which the experience of recognising
space and matter is directly recorded on the painted surface. His quests
then take him explore the thinking methods and intellectual behaviour in
Philosophy and Science, where Life and Art are treated as an inseparable
whole consisting of a system of multiple centres of knowledge and experience.
The process of his work is recorded in his Notebooks, where thoughts, observations
and drawings make up works of art in themselves. Lives and works in Athens.
Story of a Quadrangle,
by D. Tragas, text by Alexis Bakopoulos, Professor of Mathematics at the
Athens Technical University, Patakis Publications, © Dimitris Tragas,
edition comprises part of the artist’s numerous drawings-poems which span
the years 1990-2000. They constitute self-standing works as well as a starting
point for exploring the use of visual language as writing in space, by
which "any kind of form divides [the notion of the work] into existence
and space", thus alluding to Pascal’s idea that "space is a sphere whose
centre is everywhere and its periphery nowhere" (excerpts from D. Tragas’s
in Yanitsa, Macedonia in 1955. Studied at the School of Fine Arts in Florence.
His stay in Italy from 1976 until the early 1980s had a decisive effect
on his quest for his genuine identity. Upon returning to Greece he chose
the rural environment of his childhood to develop a cycle of work in which
the artistic act is directly associated with the natural processes of growth
and reproduction, in structures which provide the natural conditions for
the development and protection of life, such as the installations Frogs,
Winter Hibernation, Dove-Cotes, Incubators, etc. He has presented
his work in individual and group exhibitions and represented Greece in
the 1997 Biennale of Alexandria. Lives and works in Thessaloniki.
catalogues, designed by the artist for his individual
exhibitions (a) Desmos Art Gallery, May 29-June 27, 1991, Athens, with
introductory note by E.Strousa; 222 copies in metal, paper, cylinder, height
25cm, Ø 4cm; (b) in Elani, Chalkidiki, in co-operation with "Lola
Nikolaou" Gallery, July 17-August 10, 1993, with introductory note by Em.
Mavrommatis; 250 copies in metal, paper, photographs, 20x20cm
in Athens in 1945. Studied engraving, printing and painting at the Athens
School of Fine Arts (1975-1980). Worked in book illustration and editing
and specialized in lithography (1st Prize in lithography and 1st Prize
in graphic design, Athens School of Fine Arts) and typography, having attended
a course at the Royal College of Art in London. She has published articles
on engraving and the art of books. Teaches printing at the Athens School
of Fine Arts since 1994. Lives and works in Athens.
simultaneous colour prints, offset printing, 24x17cm, © Leoni Vidali,
Athens 1999. An edition inspired by and dedicated to artistic thought and
the art of engraving and printing, with excerpts from the sayings of great
painters and thinkers. "In quest of the Bon à Tirer; ...Engraving,
plate-ink-paper, the language of shapes, lines, styles, raised and sunk
surfaces. The pleasure stems from the wealth of materials and methods.
Printing = the End and the Beginning at the same time" (L. Vidali, Bon
in Cairo in 1931. Settles in Paris in 1955, where he goes to study architecture,
interior decoration and painting. In the 1970-75 he divides his time between
Paris and Berlin, where he lived, worked and taught with a D.A.A.D. scholarship.
His photo-kinetic works, actions and environments since the late 1960s
present the language of art as a system of symbols which have parallels
with the symbolic systems of writing of human civilisation. This interest
of his is explored and cultivated in inventive ways in many applications
in space as well as in painting and books. Has worked with musicians, writers
and architects in major projects and environments and has executed works
for public spaces in France. Lives and works in Paris and Athens.
Bleue Noire, 1984,
mixed media, Plexiglas, 47x53x53 cm.
de la Vie 3, 1997
Livre de la Vie 4, 1997
4. Le Livre
de la Vie 5,
5. Le Livre
de la Vie 6,
6. Le Livre
de la Vie 7,
Livre de la Vie 8, 1998
Livre de la Vie 9, 1998
mixed media, Plexiglas, 43x59x12cm.
des sarcophages, 1999
mixed media, Plexiglas, 40x90x17cm
"Books of Life" come from the cycle of the same name which was dedicated
to his memories from his birthplace, Egypt. It was shown as an installation
at his individual exhibition, ‘Le Livre de la Vie. Chapitre b. Alexandre
le Grand et moi», in Thessaloniki in 1997, as part of the events
for the Cultural City of Europe. As he notes himself in the catalogue of
that show, "the ‘Book of Life’ was inspired by the ‘Book of the Dead’ of
Pharaonic Egypt… [and] constitutes a record of important milestones of
my own course…". Childhood, the past and the present make up a "fluid reality
of dream" without "an ordered memory". The object of this quest is already
traced in some earlier thoughts in the early 1970s, when he had noted that
«...la situation présente a ses racines surannées dans
un passé qui nous procure à la fois une securité statique
et une grande anxieté» (catalogue for solo exhibition, Galerie
des XX Jahrhunderts, Berlin, January 5-25, 1971)
Zouboulis & Titsa Grekou
Zouboulis and Titsa Grekou were born in Athens in 1953 and 1951, respectively.
In 1975 they started working together in performances and installations
which they continued through to the early 1980s. Their actions, characterised
by great vitality and inventive propositions for the combination of arts,
represent a highly individual use of body language coupled with allusions
to classical sculpture. In 983 their interest in the direct interaction
between art and the public leads them to form a group of architects and
artists and set up the Studio Metaplassi, which put forward the realm of
design as an extension of artistic activities in the contemporary social
latex cover mounted on a wooden frame containing the single copy of a handmade
book with text, photographs and a pencil drawing on glossy paper, incorporated
in a structure made of film, Plexiglas and painted latex; height 43x34x5cm
title of the book-object Action-Reminiscence-Transpositions comes
from a performance they had presented at the Desmos Art Gallery in 1980,
carrying on their work bodily expression combined with multiple media (music,
construction, latex specially processed by N. Zouboulis into a sturdy enough
form for their purposes, sound and light effects, etc.), through which
they had developed in Greece since 1972 the idea of the co-operation of
the arts and collective work.