Stratis Athineos

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He was born in the island of Lesvos, Greece, in 1953. He has liberal studies in drawing, painting and History of Art. Since 1970 he systematically occupies himself with art. He lives and works in Piraeus. He is a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Artists.
 Stratis Athineos & The Art of Painting
Abstract from the daily morning business newspaper Echo of Auction, February 21, 2015, Editor-Coordinator: Christos, N., Theofanis.
 "... The internal need to convey the emotions that I felt led to first paint the landscapes of my island and its people. Later I searched, read and thus I started to do things in the painting, which in retrospect I was discovering that some other painters had tried to do before me.
I enriched my experience with studies, visits to galleries and trips abroad ... I realized, then, that the art of painting is a difficult story, but I could not and did not want to leave. I realized that it requires honesty, respect and endless work in order to be able to remain on its road for as much life would be given to me. ... »
 First Period
 "... In the first period of his artistic activities are being laid the foundations for the creation of his personal style that would constantly evolve. From 1978 to 1985 dominated themes are landscapes, cafes and farming activities from the countryside of Lesbos. ...  those  (images)are  yielded  in a folklore naturalism ... As time elapsed he used more realistic elements ... The final impression is formed by the use of intense light ... leading the final result in the visual realism .
Since 1985 he began to deal with abstract painting, with works characterized by chromatic flood and faint figures. For the first time his thoughts are expressed by taking the form of symbols ... In 1987 he settles ... to the choice of forms that express and characterize ... ... his career. ... The woman is depicted naked to reveal her true nature. The clothes, if existent, they would cover this truth and serve as a barrier to the purity of her form, which is the goal of the artist, thus women are not depicted as objects of sensuality. ...
 Moving to the next stage, Athineos followed more consciously cubism, dissolving forms, maintaining the two-dimensional development of the composition and holding an undetermined depth. The woman appears here loud and violent, while her passions with the form of horses run very loudly and uncontrollably. ... The violinist gives the rhythm to the intense struggle of the forms and lines which make up the composure. His existence symbolizes ... the desired harmony that should exist between the warring parties [2]. The first decade of his artistic work closes with ... elements from Mannerism. ..."
 Second Period
 "The next period of Athineos begins with his establishment in Athens in 1988 and ends with his return from Holland (the Netherlands) in 1999. During these years he grapples ... also with engraving. ...  his (brush-)stroke is released into space with expressionistic comfort ... Athineos introduces new forms in his compositions (easels, babies, minotaur, etc.) ...
 Regressing in artistic pursuits and perhaps longing his homeland, Athineos deals again with the depiction of landscapes and views of his country. ...
 Since 1991, alongside painting dealt with engraving, following the exhortation of the painter and engraver, Panagiotis Gravalos which deemed to be more appropriate than painting to reflect his concerns. So he attended technical courses of engraving, offered by Pino Pantolfini and Dimitra Siaterli, in their laboratory.
 The technique in which he is most interested is xerography with needle. ... Although he dealt fairly, he never devoted himself to engraving because it restricted him from the use of colour. He used engraving mainly to test its capabilities in another art form and also to keep drafts in a more stable form, as monochrome. ... his  engravings are characterized by clean lines, using the longer shadow lines for various "effects" that he created with the use of strong regional colours."
 Third Period
 "... During this period, Athineos has matured artistically. He has created many works and was recognized in Greece and abroad. ... His personal wonder rotates in the effort to create a more integrated project. ... The new protagonists of his works are the bull and the eagle, symbolizing, in turn, an ongoing threat of the base of our society represented by the depiction of the female form. The horse, as a symbol of evil, continues its desperate struggle, on the one hand, to find a balanced relationship with the woman and on the other hand, to protect her against the hostile elements who want to eliminate her. ...
 
In tandem, he also deals with landscape painting and displaying rural occupations. Now, he integrates and here some elements of Abstract Expressionism. The main concept that may be: a boat, two oxen ploughing or farmers digging are attributed almost with Photo Realism. The additional element that distinguishes them is the ambiguous surroundings that make the bold colour surfaces and lines to move in all directions. ...
 Some topics in which  he is further interested into are reproduced in engravings. With his favourite method, needle writing, offers the viewer a different version of the same subject in a different artistic category. His weapon now is only the draft, whereas the impression created by colour, is replaced by intense and extensive shading, which operates to emphasize the dramatized subject. ..."
He has presented his art work at 31 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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