Giannis Stavrou


Yannis Stavrou was born in Thessaloniki,Greece, in 1948. He originally studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts before painting won him over. He currently lives and works in Athens. He has organized twenty four solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions. His works are part of both public and private collections. " If I have to characterize my work I would describe it as contemporary figurative art expressed through neo-impressionist forms and colours. My favourite subject is the cityscape, the urban landscape; cities, ports, ships are often presented in my oil paintings. On the other hand, I am always attracted to sculpture as I originally started my fine arts studies in sculpture. My hometown has left its indelible mark in my painting. Thessaloniki’s northern colours, its fog, its cosmopolitan architecture and finally its harbour and people set the foundations of my artistic horizon. There’s a central theme-title underlining my work: Greece in colours. Cities, streets, people, sea depictions, everything I love and miss. Emotional tension finds an outlet in the process of creation. People and historical events live inside me as shapes and colours. Colour is central to my painting. Life is the epitome of the universe. Through painting I try to stay close to those things I like but I can’t own. The human vanity of the process of selection. This mysterious repetition of nothingness that torments us. Things which often hurt us but we insist on desiring and loving in a unique way."

1978, "MEDUSA", Athens
1979, "WORKSHOP", Larissa
1980, "MEDUSA", Athens
1985, "EPOCHES", Kifissia - Athens
1987, "EPOCHES", Kifissia - Athens
1995, " IMAGE" - Sculpture, Athens
1996, Hydra's Town Hall
1996, "MONOHORO" , Athens
1996, Bank of Greece , Athens
1997, " AL ANDAR" - Latin America 's Institute of Culture , Athens
1997, Hydra’s Town Hall
1998, "IANOS"- Exhibition of Paintings made for Harry Klynn's poetic collection "City", Thessaloniki
1998, Hydra’s Town Hall
1998, "IANOS", Thessaloniki
1999, " IMAGE" , Athens
1999, Hydra’s Town Hall
2000, "KIVOTOS", Hydra
2000, "IANOS", Thessaloniki
2001, "STOA TOU VIVLIOU", Athens
2001, "KIVOTOS", Hydra
2002, "IANOS", Thessaloniki
2002, " Piraeus Marine Club", Piraeus
2002, "KIVOTOS", Hydra 2003, "KIVOTOS", Hydra


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