With the art scene in Greece, and particularly in Athens, in the throes of a thoughtful and dynamic revival, there are a plethora of contemporary Greek creatives to get to know. Whether you’re looking for a flavour of their work, or simply want a snapshot into their lives and environment within which they are creating, these Greek visual artists have Instagram pages that will entertain, inspire and inform you. Follow along and get to know the names below.
Though his deadpan landing page summarises his work as ‘does art with computers’, Theo Triantafyllidis offers highly surreal and dystopian visions with extreme punch, far beyond what his self-deprecating bio would have you believe. Born in Greece and now based mainly in L.A., Theo works across a range of mediums, from video and VR to sculpture and mixed media installations. Securing his first solo show in Greece at The Breeder in September 2017, he has exhibited internationally at renowned events and galleries, including the Venice Biennale (2017), Eastside International (2016) and Beijing Design Week (2014) since he started working in 2013.
Painter Jannis Varelas works across large-scale canvasses to create abstract paintings that interrogate the nature of art and where value is ascribed. In this context, Varelas uses overtly simplified motifs to examine the idea of unlearning, and in doing so, deconstructs pre-existing notions of quality and of what art is meant to be. Born in Greece in 1977, and now based between LA, Vienna and Athens, follow Varelas for a broad overview of his work and then delve further at your leisure.
Based in both London and Athens, Vaggelis Choursoglou is a prolific and highly regarded painter and ceramicist with a distinctive aesthetic. His works contemplate modern society and cultural frameworks through the lens of the past, bringing traditional practices and an ability to distill reality into evocative, substantial depictions of modern life. Follow for snapshots of his work and an insight into the everyday moments that inform his practice.
Not one artist but three make up the much talked about Cypriot collective, Neoterismoi Toumazou (also known as Neo Toum) who until recently, ran a much talked about space in Nicosia. At the Cypriot stand at the Venice Biennale last year (2017), the group garnered mass hype for their interactive installation, which contemplated the demise of contemporary culture. Independently, as well as a group, Marina Xenofontos, Maria Toumazou and Orestis Lazouras work across fashion, poetry, installations and painting, and you can shop their clothes via their site. Follow their group and individual accounts for a mix of weird, morose and playful posts.
Born in Athens, Andreas Angelidakis is a former architect who uses mixed media to examine the present through the passing of time. Though his works are often large-scale and solid forms, they embody a state of transience, fostering flux at the locus of their creation. Using the Internet as a medium to reinterpret and reconfigure the past, he often experiments with 3D printing and his videos merge reality and fiction to create new landscapes. An insightful and fascinating artist, his interviews are also a must read for further reflections on the environment, technology and the human condition. Start by following his Instagram account and enjoy.
Zoi Gaitanidou’s tapestries demand an observant viewer, revealing themselves the more they are observed. Her free-form embroidery technique creates the appearance of a painting, with wild and evocative figures rendered so smoothly it looks as if they have been realized in one stroke. Born in Athens and now based in the city of Berlin, follow Zoi’s Instagram account for behind the scenes insight into her craft as well as snapshots of her mesmeric works.
A graduate from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy in France and from Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Braunschweig, Greek artist, Maro Michalakakos has shown across Europe and received international acclaim for her commanding and masterful works of art. These works investigate ideas around tension, and particularly, how this manifests itself in relationships between genders and between the domestic and the external. While her themes are often the same, the way in which her ideas manifest is always different. Maro Michalakakos works across a range of materials, from large-scale installations in I would prefer not to, 2012 and performance pieces such as Kiss me like you’ll never kiss me again, 2015. Follow her Instagram account for work updates and wry observations.
Born in Alexandroupolis, Niki Gulema’s paintings distill reality into fragments on the canvas and are as much occupied with the space between objects as the objects themselves. As such, her work assumes a fragile and fleeting quality while remaining deliberate and precise. Follow her Instagram account for snapshots of her work, alongside correlating scenes from everyday life.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the School of Architecture N.T.U.A. as well as a working artist, Giorgos Gyparakis has been active in the Greek contemporary art scene for the last 30 years. His works consider the individual in relation to the universal, exploring themes such as our position within the natural environment, our construction of time and the contrasts between internal feelings and external projects. Follow his Instagram account for small details and idiosyncratic observations.
Working between Athens and Brussels, Athanasios Gatos‘ lo-fi works blend photography and graffiti as well as video and installations to offer a compelling and incisive evocation of modern life. His Instagram account acts a platform for his vision, with copious shots of hidden details from the streets of Athens and images of his work.
HOPE has been recognized for his work outside of traditional gallery spaces, which he began to gain acclaim for in around 2013. The artist worked directly on ruins and abandoned spaces across Athens, offering a kind of new mythology to reflect the state of the city. Over the last years, HOPE has diversified his canon, working on performance pieces, collages and with ceramics, while continuing to investigate the relationship between public and private spaces, reimagining tradition and hierarchy with each new work.