Warrior Saint , 1998 (from the series Faithguard, 1998)
Born in Piraeus; lives and works in Athens and Thessaloniki. Studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Since 2012, he has taught painting at the School of Visual and Applied Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He uses traditional techniques, readymade objects, digitally processed images and videos, which he combines with the manual practice of embroidery. His work deals with contemporary issues, exploring the ideological underpinnings of actions, as well as religious fanaticism. His work is featured in public and private collections.
The work Warrior Saint was shown, in 2002, at the exhibition of Averoff Museum of Modern art 'Mapping out today, tomorrow, yesterday', as the central work of a triptych in the series 'Divinisation and Terror', of 1992 - 2002. In this triptych, a warrior saint of the Christian religion was shown iconographically, together with an inscription in Arabic from the Qur'an, and a child throwing a stone, and a third work depiction the Dividing of the Garments. The materials and the techniques of the triptych were oil on canvas, embroidery with gold thread, gold leaf, and diaphanous polyurethane sheeting. The Warrior Saint is shown as a defender of his doctrines. The artist, in a wish to approach sincerely the special worlds of the religions, has himself embroidered the figure of the warrior saint, not in order to ornament, but to come close to the practices of enclosed monks. In the form of a performance, he brings to light the devotional, ritual part of the undertaking.