Alexandros Papathanasiou (b. Swansea, 1977)
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UoA, London, MA Fine Art (2007)
Focus Art School, Photography & Visual Arts, Athens, Diploma (2004)
University of Patras, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, BA (2001)
Found invented and intervened objects are brought together in an arrangement that reveals and underlines the process of making art, by pointing out the moments of decision-making and hesitation, within each and every work. These installations of sculptural objects, introduced in a state of transformation or as carriers of the energy of this transformation, present an oblique viewpoint of art; the disclosure of intention and, at the same time, the doubtfulness of a gesture. An eccentric discourse; a conceptual panning between what is and what might be, where time is conceived as the duration of a transformation and space as the place for contemplation and reassessment of our constructed reality; where art happens simply by encountering its own existence.
Alexandros Papathanasiou (1977, UK) is a greek artist, currently living and working in Milan (Italy). In 2001 he graduated from the University of Patras (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) and in 2004 he received his diploma in Photography & Visual Arts from Focus School of Photography, in Athens. In 2007 he received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College, UoA, in London and since then he has participated in various group exhibitions, with the most recent ones being: Mind the Gap (2015, Florence), curated by Gino Pisapia, Ceci n’est pas idee (2015, Florence), curated by Gino Pisapia, Pre-Text (2014, Athens), curated by Ileana Tounta, Katerina Nikou and Dimitrios Antonitsis, Contemporary Treasures, organised by REMAP4/Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre (2013, Athens), Tutta colpa dell’amore, organised by ALT (2013, Bergamo) and L’evento immobile: sfogliare il tempo, organised by the Museum of Nuoro (2012, Sardegna) and curated by Cristina Collu. In 2010, he had his first personal exhibition at Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre entitled Specific Objects / Unspecified Culture, while later on in the same year he had his second personal exhibition in Milan with Galleria Enrico Fornello. In 2012 he was nominated for Premio Terna and in 2014 he was among the ten finalists of Saatchi Art Showdown: In Glorious Colour, which was culminated with a group show at The Griffin Gallery, in London. In 2014, he was selected to produce a 10cm X 12cm artwork for the Greek representation in the Project Imago Mundi, a collection of more than 2,000 artworks worldwide hosted by Fondazione Benetton.