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The Louvre Celebrates Franco-Greek Friendship with Bicentennial Exhibit

10.10.2021 in Museums

The Louvre Celebrates Franco-Greek Friendship with Bicentennial Exhibit From 30 September, 2021 to 7 February, 2022, “Paris – Athens: The Birth of Modern Greece, 1675-1919,” will feature art from across Greek history and celebrate the bond between the two nations.   The Mission As the Ancient Greeks inspired the French, so did France help shape Modern Greece. Visitors will see this exchange of ideas play out in the objects on display in this exhibit. Organized by era, the pieces will lead visitors from past to present, following the two nations as they push each other forwards.   From Athens…  …

Forged in Fire: An Interview with Panos Valsamakis, Ceramicist

26.04.2021 in Arts & Culture

Forged in Fire: An Interview with Panos Valsamakis, Ceramicist The Valsamakis family has been leaving its mark on the world of Greek pottery for three generations with its distinctive tradition of tile art. But how did this talented family get to where it is today? In an interview with Politismos, family head Panos Valsamakis describes his grandfather’s journey to ceramic mastery, and how it shaped their lives.   Q. How did you personally get your start working with ceramics? Our workshop was established in 1960 by my grandfather and I am the third generation. The workshop was part of our…

Gems of Wisdom: An Interview with Yannis Sergakis, Jewelry Designer

26.04.2021 in Arts & Culture

Gems of Wisdom: An Interview with Yannis Sergakis, Jewelry Designer Born into a family of diamond traders, Yannis Sergakis has spent his career designing world-class jewelry for buyers around the world. But his latest piece is something a bit closer to home for him- a porcelain fustanella, crafted in honor of the 200 year anniversary of Greek independence. In an interview with us, Yannis opens up about his art, his heritage, and his hopes for the future.   Q. What inspired you to create this piece? Greece has just marked the Bicentennial of the start of its Independence War, and…

13.07.2020 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas, A Chromatic Revolutionist Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine ar ts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? I have always…

The Monastery of Timios Prodromos

16.01.2018 in History

The Monastery of Timios Prodromos   Rare frescoes, along with unique icons, religious relics, and valuable manuscripts constitute the monastery of Timios Prodormos ,an exquisite example of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art.   Found in the depths of the gorge of Mount Menikion, 7.5 miles northeast of Serres, Timios Prodromos (St. John the Baptist) is one of the most historic monasteries of Macedonia. It was founded around 1270-1278 and later renovated circa 1300. The monastery was favorited by Byzantine emperors from the very first years of its existence. With their donations and grants, it gained considerable wealth and quickly developed into…

Marina Triantafyllou – Artist

10.08.2017 in Arts & Culture

Marina Triantafyllou, “By creating, you are partaking in life” Marina Triantafyllou grew up in the beautiful village of Lefkes on the island of Paros, Greece. At a young age, she realized she possessed a talent for art. From this, grew the dream of one day owning her own art studio/gallery where she could share her love and passion of all things artist with everyone. Marina Triantafyllou began her professional career in 1998 by studying renovation and restoration of old, traditional Byzantine iconography as well as murals (Fresco and Secco) at the Christian Brotherhood of Youth Art School in Athens, Greece….

Keeping a Family Legacy Alive…

15.06.2017 in Arts & Culture

The Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture An interview with Vice Admiral Georgios Chraniotis, Founder, President Nikos Sofialakis was born in Erfous, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece in 1914 and passed away in Athens, Greece in 2002. While still a young child in Crete, he was considered an artistic prodigy by his schoolteachers who arranged for him to travel to Athens, at the age of ten, where he would have greater opportunities to nurture his talents. And so began a lifetime of artistic and historic contribution… Vice Admiral Georgios Chraniotis is the Founder, and President, of the Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture. He has…

Remembering artist Dimitris Mytaras

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Dimitris Mytaras In February 2017 the Culture society of Greece mourned a heavy loss when painter Dimitris Mytaras died at the age of 83. The art world has lost a dignified and humble artist, one of the few who has produced such a prolific body of work. But who was Mytaras and what earned him the respect and veneration of a nation? Dimitris Mytaras was born in 1934 in Chalcis on the island of Euboea. He lost his mother in his early childhood and live his early years with his barber father and stepmother in impoverished wartime conditions. Ηe later described…

The wonders of artist Dimitris Koskinas

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

Artist Dimitris Koskinas and his Architectural Wonders & Wonderful Superheroes! While the artwork of Dimitris Koskinas has been exhibited only in Greece and Italy, art collectors around the world anxiously await the chance to own one of his amazing pieces. Born and raised in Athens, near the Acropolis, artist Dimitris Koskinas grew up a stone’s throw away from the Parthenon, the Herodium Theater, and the Filopappou hill. These magnificent monuments were of profound influence from which he developed a great affection for Ancient Greek History and Mythology. In the early 90’s, Koskinas studied graphic design and traditional illustration. He then moved to London to further his…

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist

15.10.2016 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Degas Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine arts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? I have always been an artist, but the turning point for me…