About the artist
Always self-taught, I have experimented with every expression on wood, stimulated by my life and my surroundings.
Art is something that really moved me from a very early age. Since I was a child I have been painting, making various constructions and carving on any accessible material.
In my pursuit of finding the right answers to life, my enterprise was dominated by my love for nature I have always been in touch with. I have dedicated time watching it, trying to understand it, studying it by collecting herbs, fungi, minerals, crystals and wood for my woodcarving.
Thus my life was divided between the mounts of Athos, Samothrace, Drama, Olympus and urban Thessaloniki where I was born in 1960. This is where I remain during the last ten years working as o woodcarving teacher.
Until the age of 27 my creational agony was expressed mainly through my painting; subjects that express intensively a different reality, made with coal or acrylics on walls or any other hospitable surface.
The real step with woodcarving was when I started working for a gallery that manufactured handmade painted and wood carved Byzantine icons.
My everyday contact with woodcarving gradually led me to start creating works of my own, giving to wood three -dimensional shapes and making this art part of my life. I feel it as a deeper inner need and whenever I practice it, it gives me a great sense of happiness and connection.
Always self-taught, I have experimented with every expression on wood, stimulated by my life and my surroundings. I have constructed models, musical instruments, figureheads, signs, works for churches, jewellery and sculptures.
My contact with the public lasted for a short period of time through exhibitions and announcements in the press.
Now after a long break I am back with my recent work.