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Demosthenis Kokkinidis
Demosthenis Kokkinidis
June 16, 2007 - July 4, 2007

Virvili Square
18020 Poros Island

(+30) 697 9989 684

Opening Hours
11.00-13.00 & 19.00-23.00

About the artist

1929 - 2020. Demosthenis Kokkinidis was born in Piraeus in 1929. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1952-1957), with Yannis Moralis and Spyros Papaloukas. He was a founding member of the “Omada Technis Α” group (1962-1967) and the “Association for the Communication and Education through Art” (1976-1981). He was elected professor of the Athens School of Fine Arts (1976) and served as Dean and Associate Dean of the School (1979-1982). He lives and works in Athens.

About the exhibition

Kokkinidis, as a person as well as an artist, is thoughtful, laconic, and essential. His work as well as his thought are characterized by sharp economy of means, verbal or visual. He implies ideas and narratives. His paintings have always provoked different levels of reading, and the work presented in Poros is no exception.

On a first level, what ties this work together thematically is the visual reference - to a greater or lesser degree - to the sea. In his paintings, sea and water become the suggestion of voyage, obtaining a symbolic meaning where the need for decoding is even more intense. The paintings do not refer to the visual reality but are intense mental images of the artist's reflection on both his art and life. As he says, he intended “to demonstrate our primal and enigmatic relationship with the sea; the existential impasse and fear of mortality as well as immobility as a stance for contemplating time.”

Kokkinidis's paintings are not windows to the world but mirrors. They reflect a metaphysical world, in an effort to approach the meta ta physika (“beyond the things of nature”) essence of things.