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About The Artist
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 done twenty five solo shows and participates in group exhibitions regularly. His works have been acquired by public and private collections all over the world.
"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."