Kalambaka Library has the honor to host in its space the painting exhibition "Meteora, Eternal Light" by the well-known artist Stavros Kotsireas. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday, November 15 at 18:00, while the exhibition will last until January 10, 2024.
The set of works presented consists of oil paintings, woodcarvings, ink drawings and sculptures made of various materials. The Byzantine monasteries, which have dominated for centuries, perched on the edges of the impressive steep sandstone rocks causes a series of stimuli to the senses and the mind. A characteristic element of his art, which is immediately perceived by the viewers, is the use of absolute, pure, bright and intense colors and the vague and semi-abstract forms, which emerge from the depths of the subconscious. The power of nature, as well as the supernatural way of intervention of the human factor, served as an inspiration for the artist in order to create a series of works that are distinguished both for their morphological balance and their color. The entire work created by the artist with the title: "METEORA", evokes in the viewer the feeling that the rocks of Meteora emanated from the sky and were nailed to the earth.
Stavros Kotsireas was born in Athens in 1960. His family immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1963 where he spent his early childhood. At the age of thirteen he started athletics (400 & 800m), and competed at championship level for sixteen years, 1973-1989. He was selected in 1980 to join the team for the "Olympic Flame" as a torchbearer for the Moscow Olympic Games. In 1980, he began a two-year apprenticeship with Vassilis Fotopoulos (set designer and costume designer, painter and Oscar winner for the sets and costumes for the film "Zorba the Greek"), who also became his mentor. The first scenography experience with Fotopoulos took place in 1980, when he helped him with the sets for the plays "The White Wedding" and "Emigredes" at the Karolos Koun Art Theater, both plays were directed by Giorgos Lazanis. In 2012, he collaborated with Vladimiros Kyriakidis and Efi Mourikis, creating the scenery for the projects "Extremities and Memorandum-extremities". In 1984 he began six years of study (1984-1990) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Hague, Holland. There the artist specialized in painting, drawing and printmaking and went on to complete his postgraduate diploma in set design and costume design. Stavros Kotsireas has presented his work in 38 solo and 85 group exhibitions and his work is in private, public and corporate collections. Since 1993 the artist lives and works in the United Kingdom. Since 2016 he has been collaborating with the artistic foundry V & P. Tassis for the casting and production of his bronze sculptures, and he is also the artistic director of the “Chitirio Theatre”.