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What primarily interests Anastasis Ioannou is the creation of a psychological space and the way this space is reflected on the canvas. That’s why he emphasizes that his images are purely metaphysical. If trees are like faces, then Ioannou’s paintings are portraits of the unknown. They are tree-faces he has seen on the street and in the works of other painters, faintly recalling their shapes. He is not interested in the symbolism of trees or their private lives, but rather in the deeper relationship that humans develop with them (consider that there exist wishing-trees and trees where people choose to hang themselves). “The expression of the inner psychological space is achieved through images of an external place that indeed resemble trees, but for me, that’s the least important thing. I pay more attention to the way light works and diffuses through the image, its intrinsic nature and its fluctuations. I opt to make this light refer not to reality but to the dream itself,” the artist points out. In Anastasis Ioannou’s landscapes, trees are not exactly trees. They could be refugees, portraits of refugees (“Forced to leave again, become a refugee for the second time, and once again an uprooted tree, probably unable to grow new roots, condemned to yearn and suffer,” as Etel Adnan writes). Or they could be self-portraits. One thing is certain: his trees are diverse. Some of them are dark and heavy, others are brighter and more colourful. Some have more impasto, while others have less. They come in different sizes, diptychs and triptychs, and they undergo a transformation, becoming fire or flirting with dusk, fog, and moonlight. But even in the darkest of these paintings, there exist moments of tranquillity. One can watch the weather within these images. And there are trees that seem to embrace each other, exchanging roles, becoming lovers.

Christophoros Marinos

Art Historian / Curator


Athens School of fine Arts

specialization: painting



National Technical University of Athens,
Applied mathematics & Physics
, specialization: quantum field theory



Melina Merkouri, Hydra
Curation by Christophoros Marinos



Perdikiotika, Aegina
Curation by P. Koutselos & M. Markouli








Back to Athens, Megaro Isaia, Athens


Viewing Room

ROMA gallery, Athens



Okay (artist run space), Athens


The landscape show

Tseliou gallery, Athens Curation by Eleftheria Tseliou


Graduates 2019-2021

Kesanlis Room, Athens School of Fine Arts

Curation by Christoforos Marinos



ifac gallery, Athens

Curation by Lee Wells



Biennale Mykonos

Ministry of Culture, Mykonos

Curation by Lydia Venieri



Kesanlis Room, Athens School of Fine Arts

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