Vasilis Zografos


My painting intends to reconstruct a whole from the fragments of “old” knowledge.

With a critical eye it selects and depicts elements from the now globalized urban topography of contemporary Western culture but also emblematic museum pieces from earlier periods or traditions, objects that have entered into our common memory and that function within, but mainly very much beyond, the contemporary social context.

Taken as a whole, that is to say, as a convention of aesthetic thought, the pictorial narrative in these works memorializes moments of everyday life, of the kind one can encounter “anywhere” in the world. It juxtaposes these moments with elements from the corpus universalis of our cultural legacy – an Egyptian falcon, a pre-Columbian idol, a Greek helmet, a Chinese horse.

There is a tension here, but also a kind of osmosis that I believe contributes –here and now, or everywhere but now– to urgently needed reforms in the conditions of cognition and conscience. And it does so simultaneously through the struggle over images and their embrace as objects of worship.


b. 1965, Mytilini, Greece

 Lives and works in Thessaloniki. He studied at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During the period 1993-1995, he gained a scholarship from the Lilian Voudouri Trust in conjunction with the Dutch State whereby he attended and completed the Masters Degree Course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2002 he completed a multi-discipline Masters Course at the Polytechnic School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specializing in Preservation, Conservation and Restoration of Art Works. Between 2002 and 2007 he taught painting and drawing at the École Régionale de Beaux Arts de St. Etienne. The last two years he is curating the young artists’ exhibition Kodra Fresh, part of Action Field Kodra. Recent solo shows: BACKHOME, Gallery Batagianni, Athens (2012) • MYSTERIA, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki (2012) • A puff of air is an event, Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam (2011) • I.M.A.R.E.T. Contemporary Art Projects, Kavala (2010)• The Elephant’s good at remembering places, Batagianni Gallery, Athens (2009). Among the group exhibitions: Paint-id, Alex Mylona Museum, Athens & Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2009) • Places, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki & Benaki Museum, Athens (2007-2008) • Recreation – Maid in Greece, 1st Thessaloniki Biennale (2007).