My painting theory and vision stems primarily from the painting style of Palaiologian Renaissance (1261-1453).At this era despite the general economic decline of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), we see an unprecedented intellectual (movement of Hesychasm) and artistic (Palaiologian classicist style) bloom. In the painting of this period forms acquire volume and robustness. The color becomes vivid with continuous hot variations (red, ocher ....) and cold (blue, green ...) tons. The light becomes stronger (comparing to the previous periods) and rendered with bold geometric-angular formations. The compositions are monumental by adding a lot of persons, complex buildings, imposing mountains, rocks and trees. The faces are richer than before in expression (captured emotions, highlighting the asceticism and aging), to color, to light and some naturalistic features are added.

   My technique is thus based on all the above artistic principles with respect to these old paintings standards and without any intention to hasty and frivolous innovations. I strongly believe that the painter must not flaunt with his work and ‘’yell’’ the specificity of his personal expression, but quietly, humbly and after many years of study his work could reveal his personal style. I particularly involved with the painting of icons by using the old technique of egg tempera but in some cases I can also use acrylic pigments.

see samples of icons.


   The Apprenticeship and my work near the great muralist Mr. Vlasio Tsotsoni revealed me the technique of painting with acrylic paints directly onto the wall but also onto mousama. Furthermore, I was taught by him the sense of the forms-ratio in relation to the dimensions of the walls of temple, and also the iconographic program of the orthodox painting tradition in combination with innovative compositions. Lately I am learning the difficult technique of fresco which requires excellent knowledge of design, materials and color, by visiting Romania, near to an excellent teacher, father Ilie Bobaianu. Crucial in practice is my collaboration with the muralist Mr. George Papaioannou, who manages to combine harmoniously characteristics of the Palaiologian murals with contemporary issues, resulting in a painting proposal, traditional, yet modern and original. This site have the honor of hosting the great compositions from the life of St. Luke the physician and bishop of Symferoupoli and Crimea in Russia, which adorn the namesake chapel of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Church in Giannitsa (a city at Central Makedonia of Greece).

see samples of wall paintings.


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