Efi Strousa:
List of Works and Short Biographies
Contemporary Greek Artists (page 9)

Born 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.
1. Book I, 1991
Diptych. Metal, glass, cement, drawing; 32x32x10cm
Edition of 35 copies
Private collection
2. Book V, 1991
Triptych. Metal, glass, cement, drawing, 32x32x20cm
Edition of 35 copies
„Ileana Tounta Art Center”.
3. Book III, 1992
Diptych. Metal, glass, cement, drawing, silkscreen, 32x32x10cm
Edition of 50 copies
„Ileana Tounta Art Center”.

Dimitris Tragas
Born 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.
1. The Story of a Quadrangle, 2000
drawings by D. Tragas, text by Alexis Bakopoulos, Professor of Mathematics at the Athens Technical University, Patakis Publications, © Dimitris Tragas, Athens 2000
The 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 Notebooks, 1990-2000)

Yorgos Tsakiris
Born 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.
Two 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

Leoni Vidali
Born 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.
Bon à Tirer, 1999
intaglio 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 à Tirer)

Constantin Xenakis
Born 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.
1. Lecture Bleue Noire, 1984,
paper, mixed media, Plexiglas, 47x53x53 cm.

2. LeLivre de la Vie 3, 1997

3. Le Livre de la Vie 4, 1997

4. Le Livre de la Vie 5, 1998

5. Le Livre de la Vie 6, 1998

6. Le Livre de la Vie 7, 1998

7. Le Livre de la Vie 8, 1998

8. Le Livre de la Vie 9, 1998

9. Le voyage, 2000, 
paper, mixed media, Plexiglas, 43x59x12cm.

10. Textes des sarcophages, 1999

11. OUDJAT, 2000

12. BENNET, 2000

13. HEKA, 2001, 
paper, mixed media, Plexiglas, 40x90x17cm
Artist’s collection

The "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)

Nikos Zouboulis & Titsa Grekou
Nikos 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 space.
Action-Reminiscence-Transpositions, 1980
A 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
The 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.

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