Panos Kokkinias

Panos Kokkinias

Greece • Born in: 1965

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Greek artists

Panos Kokkinias was born in 1965 in Athens, Greece. 

He studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and graduated from Yale University School of Art, USA and Derby University, School of Art, UK. His works are part of many collections: EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, Spain; European Patent Office, Munich, Germany; Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece; Yale University Art Gallery; New Heaven, USA; Museum of la Roche-sur-Yon, France…


In Panos Kokkinias' work, the familiar spaces are retained as a realistic backdrop for the narrative. Inside, however, the eye of the camera acts as an observer of the invisible: it retrieves latent possibilities, as if they were past/future events inscribed in the spaces and the people. The photographic technique contributes to this distortion of reality, exactly because it reproduces it with precision: the obsessive attention to detail, the strong colours and the clear outlines are necessary prerequisites for the imaginary to show through. Panos Kokkinias' photographs evoke the human condition in all its fragility and uncertainty. The allure of these images gives way to a visceral confusion that perturbs the spectator and raises questions regarding the existentialist conflict of mankind, without offering any answers. In these works, the landscapes act as metaphors for interior worlds.

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Panos Kokkinias was born in 1965 in Athens, Greece. 

He studied at the New York School of Visual Arts and graduated from Yale University School of Art, USA and Derby University, School of Art, UK. His works are part of many collections: EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, Spain; European Patent Office, Munich, Germany; Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece; Yale University Art Gallery; New Heaven, USA; Museum of la Roche-sur-Yon, France…


In Panos Kokkinias' work, the familiar spaces are retained as a realistic backdrop for the narrative. Inside, however, the eye of the camera acts as an observer of the invisible: it retrieves latent possibilities, as if they were past/future events inscribed in the spaces and the people. The photographic technique contributes to this distortion of reality, exactly because it reproduces it with precision: the obsessive attention to detail, the strong colours and the clear outlines are necessary prerequisites for the imaginary to show through. Panos Kokkinias' photographs evoke the human condition in all its fragility and uncertainty. The allure of these images gives way to a visceral confusion that perturbs the spectator and raises questions regarding the existentialist conflict of mankind, without offering any answers. In these works, the landscapes act as metaphors for interior worlds.

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When was Panos Kokkinias born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1965