What differentiates the artist from the common man, is never, even if it is said so, the talent. It is the insolence. The essence of Art is neither in the way nor in the style. It is in the disposition. Artist is everybody who comes to transgress the established order. “Art is the mortal opponent of freedom,” says Lennep. Therefore, there emerges the necessity to re-establish fences, to raise healthy obstacles, to conduct any objection for such appetite of freedom, which encourages (and extenuates) the modern man. When, the artist, does not encounter his own restrictions out there, he will search in his inner self. Nevertheless, it is a labyrinth, evoking the myth of Icarus, who escaping from it, ended up in burning his wings to the sun. The labyrinth symbolizes the journey of the soul through the darkness, in search of the light. This particular search comes from creativity, because any human knowledge comes from art. Any ability comes from the artistic capacity, as to say, to be active creatively. “All human beings can be artists” would state Joseph Beuys. The process of creation, depending on each person, needs at some point an alibi, a cause, a stream of mind, an Ariadne´s thread. The sources of inspiration are infinite; it all depends on the disposition of each one in front of this world. My father, a man of the world, each time he was coming back from one of his trips, he was bringing me a book in which he was always writing a thought, a text or a little dedication on the first page. On the same day of the 11th of September of 2001, he was very close to the events which marked the entire world. Fortunately, he came back safe. On the first page of the book that he brought me that time, I read the words that testified the extreme fragility of men’s life in this world. His thoughts were followed by a paragraph on a personal experience of the past when he had the chance to meet Tennessee Wiliams, and to ask him of the duty of a writer at these difficult times. The response that he got was: “To write”. Concluding my father wrote to me: “Fulfill whatever you have promised yourself to accomplish, this is your duty in front of the terror of our existence”. I paint! My work is constituted by two parallel perceptions, captured in several series, apparently independent from each other, but if perceived together they will form two complementary entities. The first one offers a subjective gaze towards the outside. It is sociologically implicated and directly inspired by the observation and affirmation of the decline of our social and environmental surroundings. The use of the immediacy of the photography, the material weight of paint and the printed contrast of the engraving, reflect the harshness of the actual landscape. Nevertheless, avoiding to be dramatic and catastrophist, the work tends towards the enhancement of its grandiosity and beauty, bringing the viewer to a confrontation with his own feelings, in front of the tragic facts of reality and the esthetical delight of the image. The second entity turns its gaze to the inside. It is a personal space, almost a private one, without lacking, though, a certain Brechtian remoteness. Samuel Becket’s words, in “Detritus”, echo in my mind: “I will tell you a story, it would not be me…” In this space, the work tends towards a visual poetry. Here, the word “poetry” drags its sense from its etymological root of the Greek verb “πoιω” which means: “ to make”. Therefore, the main theme is “the praxis”, the action itself, the need of artistic expression, indoors: the artist in his studio during the sacred act of creation. In the quest of the creative act, one of the references would be the universe of theatre and its conditions, such as depicted in Peter Brook’s books. These particular conditions are as much valid for the actor as for any artist at the moment of creation, converting, in a way, the artist’s studio into a stage, where the painter becomes the actor and the director of his work, choosing his own tools and creating his own world. Space and time are bended, obeying different laws, where the major value is owned by the proper creation, the poetry, being the vehicle for the exploration and the study of oneself, tending with hope and courage towards a possibility of salvation.
Biography: Painter and multidisciplinary artist, Vassilis, is born in Athens, Greece, in 1977. After graduating from Parson’s school of design in Paris in 2000, he moved to Barcelona where he progressively started his artistic career, combining his personal work in his studio with various other related activities such as scenography and drawing teaching. Languages: · Greek (mother tongue) · French · English · Spanish Degrees: · Baccalaureate: European School of Brussels, Greek Section. Brussels. · BA: Parson’s School of Design, Department of Fine Arts. Paris/New York (1995-2000) Professional Experience: 2008 · Scenographer for the children’s play ‘’Oak’s High School friends”. Tutatis Productions. Barcelona. · Scenographer for the television program “Los cuentos calavera” (in progress). Barcelona. 2007 · Scenographer for the play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” by Bertolt Brecht, presented in Greek, under the auspices of Lykion ton Ellinidon in Brussels. Brussels. · Drawing teacher in the Titerearte School. Barcelona. · Publicity scenographer for Juan Molina. Barcelona. · Interior decorator for the Restaurant of the Hotel Conte de Barcelona. Barcelona. 2006 · Group exhibition: Artistic Center St Pau d’Ordal. Barcelona. · Various Scenographic and decorative creations: Elias Alvarez Studio. Barcelona. 2005 · Scenographic and decorative creations for BMW : Elias Alvarez Studio. Barcelona. · Publicity scenographer for Feria de Madrid: Elias Alvarez Studio. Barcelona. 2004 · Individual exhibition: Fine Arts Festival BAC. Caminal Studio. Barcelona. · Group exhibition: Expo Noes. Barcelonette Artistic Center. Barcelona. · Creation of masks for the theatrical performance “… ekei Polytechneio” presented under the auspices of Lykion ton Ellinidon in Brussels. Brussels. · Scenographer for the theatrical performance of Lao Santos: Artistic Center Can Felipa. Banrcelona. 2003 · Scenographic creation for L’Oreal: Elias Alvarez Studio. Barcelona. · Creation of giant pigeons for the Artistic Demonstration in Bilbao: Elias Alvarez Studio. Barcelona. · Interior decoration for the opening of the Hotel Axis. Barcelona. 2002 · Design and creation of decors for the theatrical performance “Detritus…for a lonely man”: Cia Llums del Silenci. Barcelona. · Group exhibition: New artists Festival. Vilassar de Mar. Barcelona. 2001 · Stage technician for the performance: “Triptic by the Theatre Zingaro. Barcelona/Paris. 2000 · Stage technician: Company Penny Wize. Barcelona.
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