1. What does art mean to you and what does your work aim to say?
Art to me is more than just labor or mere production of interesting images. It is a way to envision and interpret life. There has always been this enigma of dipoles; form and content, cause and effect, male and female. In my work, all the contradictions merge and the viewer is challenged to decipher the impulses that normality does not allow to emerge.
2. How does your work comment on current social or political issues?
My work comments on the social and political scene in a completely deradicalized way.
Politics and social references are interpreted and reconstructed through visual language. My intention is to create a new image of reality where neither common sense, gravity, or axioms can explain the human condition!
3. Does your art represent something about you?
It goes without saying! Numerous parts of my work reflect my perception of the world, my past experiences, glimpses of my present, or my visions of the future.
4. When is your favorite time of day to create and what motivates you?
I am mostly motivated to work early in the morning. My inspiration comes from all the little big things that beautify our days. Events that shaped my life and therefore my art, such as the birth of my children.
The eternal cycle of life and death always fed art. My frequent pilgrimages to European cities are also strong stimulants.
5. Does art help you in other areas of your life?
I can’t say. I am so much into it that I can hardly distinguish. Art is my caleidoscope, I see everything through this lens.
6. Is there a specific environment or material that's integral to your work?
My luminous workspace in Kifisia. Lots of caffeine. Classical music as a background. This is how I play with the matter.
7. Are there any techniques for overcoming creative blocks?
Each person has their own way of embracing their darknesses. I am deeply experiencing each and every one of them until the last minute. I think this is the only way I can reach the next bright moment.
Ignoring or fighting them will only block you further.
8. Should art be used to express beauty and the ugly and painful side of life?
Art expresses the whole spectrum of human emotions. It is a mirror that reflects both the observable and the dark, hidden sides of existence. It is the way we express the fullness of life from its darkest cruelty to its supreme beauty and lyricism. There is no “should" involved.
9. Do you create to understand or do you express what you have already learned? Or is it some combination of both?
I will quote the old Sufi saying, “You Can Only Learn What You Already Know”. The creative process is an odyssey to me. There’s always this battle between all the acquis that characterize my work and the unborn ones that long to be shaped to light.
10. Were you born an artist or made an artist?
I was born a human being. Art is a choice among many interesting ones. A choice for a lifeless tedious and more challenging.
11. Do you think you see the world differently than non-artists?
I do believe that the artist’s eye perceives a non-confirmed vision of reality. You see life de profundis, in a more radical way and with significant sensitivity. Of course, this may apply to all ordinary people that are in love with life.
They may hide greatness that astounds
12. If you had all the time in the world and unlimited financial means – would you create the same art you create today? Or would you create something different?
What you describe is another life. Art arises from the life that a person lives, so another life would give birth to completely different images.
13. Are you better today than when you first started?
I think I have created a better and deeper relationship with my work, both technically and as far as their content is concerned. I feel strong closeness to my images.