New wall in Almetyevsk, Tatarstan (Russia)
“Hero” (The Myth of The Golden Bird) Almetyevsk, Tatarstan-Russia It’s so interesting painting around the world and not just imposing your style everywhere but combine it with the local traditions. That’s not only challenging but didactic. Studying local myths is giving you the opportunity to see deeper then the surface cultural differences between countries and realize we are all the same. Humans. Beings with imagination, fears, a strong social instinct and creativity but also limits. All the above create faith to something bigger than us. Faith to a Hero who will save us from evil, faith to abstract values like Justice and Rights, faith to Science, faith to God. Deep inside, it’s the same need we all share. “The Myth of The Golden Bird” is the Tatar edition of the story of the hero who kills the dragon in order to save the princess, a story that exists in numerous cultures, eras and religions around the world, painted for “The Tales if Golden Apples” project of Паблик-арт программа в Альметьевске and TATNEFT . Many thanks to the production team who worked hard to overcome all the difficulties that occurred during the process.
09 Oct 2018 in news
New wall in Patras, Greece
This is the latest mural I made for the third edition of ArtWalk festival in Patras, Greece. It is painted on Western Greece’s Region Building and it is illustrating a scene of the Centauromachy, where Theseus is overcoming the centaur Eurytion in order to save Hippodamia.This classical theme in greek mythology was decorating the Parthenon of the Acropolis and according to some scholars, represents the victory of civilization against barbarity. Having this in mind, throughout the proccess, I used Niccolo Machiavelli’s quote as a grid for the sketch:“There are two ways of contesting. The one by the law, the other by force; the first method is proper to men, the second to beasts.” Many thanks to the whole team of “ArtinProgress” for organizing such a flawless festival -the best right now in Greece- that makes a huge positive impact in the people of the city.
26 Jun 2018 in new projects, news
“When I grow up…”-Children’s book release
“When I grow up…” is my first illustrating attempt. It is being published by Nefeli publishing and written by Rodoula Pappa. Available in greek language. For more information feel free to visit http://www.tsalapeteinos.com/index.php/pappa-fikos1.html
08 Apr 2018 in under construction
New project in Versailles, France
A commissioned project painted with my friend Waone Interesni Kazki for Nexity Immobilier and Municipality of Versailles.Curated by Quai36. These are only some of the compositions of the 120m long illustrationed wall inspired by Versailles history (swipe left)
29 Mar 2018 in under construction
Live painting on Frankfurt Book Fair 2017
Two weeks ago I made this mural for Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017, a huge Book Fair in Frankfurt. The mural is depicting a scene from barnstorming -a form of entertainment in which stunt pilots performed tricks on flying airplanes- and it has been painted for Volatilium label of Nefeli publishing house and the book we are going to publish soon.
24 Oct 2017 in news
“Priestesses of Aphrodite”, new mural in Nicosia-Cyprus
Sacred prostitution -a phenomenon introduced from the East- was practiced in various parts of ancient Greece, such as Sicily, Corinth and Cyprus. Prostitutes and priestesses at the same time, “hierodules” (slaves of the Sacred) were highly regarded and respected by the community. Many of them were devoted to the temple from an early age and contributed significantly to the city’s wealth but also security, as is evident from the fact that during the Persian invasion of Greece, they were called to offer a sacrifice to Aphrodite for their savior. This mural was painted in Cyprus -the birthplace of Aphrodite-, in Nicosia’s “Red light district”, on the wall of a former “temple of Aphrodite”. Special thanks to Alexia for making this possible!
03 Sep 2017 in news
New mural in Rabat-Morocco
It is always a pleasure to paint for a well-organized festival, especially when you have no unexpected issues during the process. Jidar was definitely one of my best ones so far!So, this is the wall I painted in Rabat within the 10 days of the festival.I am usually inspired from Greek mythology but this time the idea was to illustrate a Moroccan myth. Seems that I was lucky enough to find a story that is common in Greek and Moroccan mythology so I depicted the “Hesperides”, the nymphs of evening and sunsets.The Garden of Hesperides (the place visited by Hercules in order to complete his eleventh labor) contained a tree with golden apples, which was protected by the nymphs and the dragon Ladon -often depicted as a snake- and according to scholars, it was located in Larache-Morocco, north of Rabat. Peace and Love to Salah and the whole Jidar team for creating something so beautiful back there and many thanks and hugs to Salim for the help, support and the good time we had together!
17 May 2017 in news
New mural in Paphos-Cyprus
This mural is my participation to Street Art Square 2016 and depicting a Paphos’ local mythology story, the one of Pygmalion and Galatea, from whom Kinyras was born, father of Paphos who later founded the homonymous city. I really liked the interpratation of this myth, as an brilliant example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Faith is a great thing. Thanks to Giannis Sakellis and Street Art Square for making this happen.
08 Nov 2016 in news, general
New mural in Sibiu-Romania
If you’re Greek and you have the fortune (?) to travel often around the world, you will see things that will definitely make you feel ashamed of your country and what it implies: the degrading morals of our society, the lack of culture our driving behavior, the parked vehicles on the parking spaces for disabled people our dirty city, the graffiti on neoclassical buildings and churches, the hand out of the car window littering the streets, the smoker’s attitude that he or she claim the right to smoke in the same room with people who are not smokers, the naturalness with which the cigarette end is tossed on the ground the ethos of young people; the eager for the ephemeral and “having fun” cafes-clubs-bars-bouzoukia, gyms, beaches and football, shopping; all of the above without any deeper concerns the disinterest for history and knowledge, the “Greeklish” (Greek written in Latin characters ) which literally devours a language that dates back thousands of years, the ugly “wallpaper” formed by countless students’ parties posters in the temples of knowledge, in the universities the ethos of old people; the conceit of a supposedly “generation of the revolution”, the exchange of power and authority between […]
17 Sep 2016 in news, general
Contemporary Byzantine Painting: Interview on “Orthodox Arts Journal”
This is an interview I recently gave to Orthodox Arts Journal. I hope you will enjoy it! http://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/contemporary-byzantine-painting/ Many thanks to OAJ team and fr Silouan for the profound and creative questions.
01 Sep 2016 in news, general