Giannis Koutsis

Giannis Koutsis was born in Patras. His first teachers were Grigoris Papatheodorou and Gerasimos Kassolas. He also took lessons at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. One of the most qualified painters in Greece, Giannis Moralis encouraged his pupils to study art from Giannis Koutsis' paintings. He has received awards in the Calhoun’s Collectors Society's competition in America and ever since he has become a well-known painter in the United States and throughout Europe. National museums and public collections contain some of his masterpieces. He has conquered the techniques required for a pictorial representation as well as the surrealistic rendering of an imaginary reality.

"The art of Giannis Koutsis analyzes the folds of history creating an inventive atmosphere, dominated by renaissance, which binds the enchantment of classic ancestry with a diffuse extension, against the Roman suggestiveness and the Byzantine diachronic." Giannis Koutsis - A painter who connects life and death. Passes through the dream and analyzes the temper of his soul. Every painting is a pure crystal inspiration, every work is as simple as it is, it's a poem. Travels through the heavens of creation and stirs up the unspoken passions and experiences, lost in the forgetfulness of time.

The artist keeps concealed in his work the gods and the qualms of his conscience, waiting in patience to reveal them through his paintings, bringing them out on their own.

His pictures are expressive and powerful. They fountain from deep inside. Sometimes they are optimistic and tender, but they could also be full of burst and anger, attracting everyone in a magic world, full of mystery and creation. Relives and performs with heart and thrill, exposing all the folds and patterns that the creator uses to express himself.

His inspiration is spontaneous, needless of exterior impulses because the artist possesses a deep knowledge of life, which is expressed uncut without boundaries in his art.

Art is the soul of life, sometimes given in pain and sorrow, trying to expose the truth and horror of the world and sometimes to praise love and speak for what the world really is (creation).

Giannis Koutsis has managed in his paintings to present all aspects of life. Even a simple portrait can very colorfully express the sorrow, the passion, or the darkness hidden inside a mind or the gentle and almost delicate existence of a soul, given with the competent and actually potent, almost perfect visual sight of the artist.

He opens the gate to a world that could terrorize some people, as easily as the very same world can thrill others.

Doubtless, they will all be traveling through roads where wishes, dreams and fears become the reality. A trip that moves everyone and makes him discover the depth of his own soul. Passing along the fog and the different personal, high and sheer mountains and the oceans filled with hate and fury that break the back of him. The truth and the world he really wants to dream, the kingdom of his own personal great expectations, where everything he wanted, will be."

Giannis Zografakis, Art Critic