Apostolos Chanzaras

Born in 1977 - Greece

BIOGRAPHY

Apostolos Chantzaras was born in Agrinio, Greece, in 1977. He lives and works in Athens.

Apostolos Chantzaras continues to develop his own visual and entertaining world, without fear for bold line, form and saturated colour. Greek-born Chantzaras first studied Painting under Chronis Botsoglou at the Athens School of Fine Arts, and then continued studies in Photography and Fresco. He was nominated for the IKY scholarship in 2000-2003, and studied Painting at the Université Paris VIII (2004-2005). Influences of working beside his father, Eleftherios Chantzaras, a renown Byzantine painter and iconographer, is also quite relevant in his style and technique.

His extraordinary means of expression reveal influences from the shadow puppet show, combining a rich legacy of symbols related to Greece and that part of the world - The sun, the cross, the fish, the church, the simple islanders, all come together in a unique, perceptible artistic amalgam.

Chantzaras’ lyrical work has been featured on the cover of several published novels including: “Olga or Nothing” by Lito Pitiris, Kedros Publishing (2013), “Imaginary Adventure” by Alexandros Kotzias, Kedros Publishing (2012), and “Glass Industry” by Menis Koumantareas, published by Vima Newspaper (2011). In 2008, Chantzaras produced the collector stamp series “Greek Traditional Products” for the national Greek Post (ELTA). In 2013, Chantzaras was featured in Florence, Italy in conjunction with the Venice Biennale.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
“Myth & Sacrifice), Skoufa Gallery, Athens, Greece
2013
"Helios", Akroproro Gallery, Spetses
2012
"Acritans of the world", Museum of the Acritans of Europe, Palaiochora, Crete
"Colours of Passion", Skoufa Gallery, Athens
2011
"Festivities at the Aegean Sea", Fish & Olive gallery, Halki, Naxos
2010
"Aegean Colour", Skoufa Gallery, Athens
2008
Papastrateio Megaro, Agrinio
2007
Skoufa Gallery, Athens
2004
EPASKT, Graduates Union of the Athens School of Fine Arts


GROUP

2015
Asian Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong, Decorazon Gallery, March 12-15
2014
“C. Botsoglou V. Papanikolaou, A. Chantzaras”, Akroproro Gallery, Spetses
“Summer Exhibition”, Skoufa Gallery, Myconos, Greece
Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, DECORAZONgallery
2013
Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Decorazon Gallery, November 2013
“International Exhibition”, Galleria Mentana, Florence, Italy
"Chronis Botsoglou, Vasilis Papanikolaou, Apostolos Chantzaras", Krateras art gallery,
Oia- Santorini
"C.P.Cavafy", European Cultural Centre of Delphoi, Delphoi
2012
"Alekos Fassianos, Giorgos Stathopoulos, Apostolos Chantzaras", Krateras art gallery, Santorini
2011
“Taste of Salt II”, Posidonio Hotel, Spetses (Skoufa Gallery)
2010
Skoufa Gallery, Athens
“Erysichthon, a contemporary reading of the myth”, Cultural Center “Leonidas
Kanellopoulos”, Elefsina, (curator Louisa Karapidaki)
“Sweet Summer”, Historic and Folklore Museum of Aegina Municipality, Aegina, (curator Iris Kritikou)
“About Heroes”, Municipal Gallery of Kalamata, (curator Iris Kritikou)
“Tracing Istanbul”, Theological School of Chalki & Sismanogleio Megaro of
Konstantinople, (curator Iris Kritikou)
“Tracing Istanbul”, Technopolis of Athens municipality, Athens, (curator Iris Kritikou)
“The world’s offerings”, Kresov Museum, Polland, (curator Louisa Karapidaki)
“The world’ s offerings”, Hellenic- American Union, Athens, (curator Louisa Karapidaki)
2009
Gavras Gallery, Athens
2007
Neorion Art, Agrinio
2006
Markellos Castle, Aegina
2006
Neorion Art, Agrinio
2005
Ersi' s Gallery, Athens
Athens French Institute, Athens
2004
Atelier Spyros Vasileiou, Athens
Skoufa Gallery, Athens
Kronos Factory, Elefsina

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