Konstantinos Kostouros was born in Piraeus Greece in 1974. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he graduated in 1999, having studied Painting and Print Making Making (Intergrated Master). In 2004 he presented his first solo exhibition entitled “KOAN” at the “Ekfrasi” Art Gallery and until 2014 he participated in group exhibitions showing paintings, assisted readymades and installations in Greece and abroad. In 2014, he presented the Art – Performance “What is like to be back'” at the “Fokionos Negri 16” Art Gallery. In 2016 he presented the Art Performance “Circle around fire” at the “Theocharakis Fine Arts and Music Foundation”. In 2018 the event entitled “Walking the ancient trail trodden by the wicked” was presented at the St. Paul Anglican church in Athens.

He has taught painting and art history. Since 2011, he also works as a lecturer and he collaborated with the “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation” lecturing students about art and aesthetics.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018: “Walking the ancient trail trodden by the wicked”, St. Paul Anglican church, Athens.

2016: “Circle around fire”, B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music, Athens.

2014: “What it’s like to be back”, 16 Fokionos Negri Str. (The Sotiris Felios Collection) Athens.

2004: “KOAN”, Ekfrassi Gallery, Athens.

 

Group Exhibitions (Most important)

2008: Group Exhibition at the Royal Palace (National Museum of Romanian Art) Bucharest.

2007: “Dreams Come True” Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens.

2007: “Greek painters from the collection of Antonis and Azia Hadjiioannou” Municipal Art Gallery of Chania Crete.

2007: “Athens Video art Festival 07” “Technopolis” of the Municipal of Athens.

2007: “The Gift” Fine Arts Kapopoulos Gallery, Athens.

2007: “Once upon a time was Pinelopi Delta” The Athens College, Athens.

2006: “Iris Colours” The Art Center, Municipality of Athens.

2005: “A Table”, Skoufa Gallery, Athens.

2005: “Masks-Disguises (like objects or symbols)” Peritehnon Gallery Athens.

2005: “In praise of the Olive” K.Y.B.E. exhibition center, municipality of Peristeri. (Curated by the Academy of Athens)

2004: “Prayer Book” Ekfrassi Gallery, Athens.

2004The acritans of Europe” Museum of Byzantine Culture (Curated by the Academy of Athens)

2004: Aeginian jugs, canvas made of clay”, The Aeginian municipality Museum of History and Ethnography.

2003: “Group Exhibition”, Ekfrassi Gallery, Athens.

2000: Graduates 99’ of the Athens School of Fine Arts.

1997: Athens School of Fine Arts exhibition in Maris Hotel Crete.

 

Occupational Experience

Since 2011: I work as a Lecturer at the “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation”

2003-2009: I taught Painting and Art History at the Cultural and educational Organization of the Prefecture of Piraeus.

1996-2004: I taught Free-style Drawing, Art Painting and Art History at the “Art Painting Center of Athens”.

1995-1999: I taught Painting at the 1st preliminary School of Nea Halkidona (Athens).

1993-1996: I taught free-style drawing, at pupils and students.

 

Further Activities

2007: “The impoverished Dervish”, Assistant Stage designer for the play of Thodoris Gonis, Co production: “Greek Festival” – “Theatre of Agrinio”, Stage Designer: Christos Bokoros.

2005: “World Dance Bridges” Set designing at the annual Dance show of the Cultural and educational Organisation of the Prefecture of Piraeus. “Thanasis Vegos” Theatre Athens.

 

Lectures

Since 2017: “Violence and the Sacred in Art.”

“Violence and the Sacred in Art” is a series of lectures opened to public exploring the relations between violence, sacred and the scapegoat phenomena in art and literature over time. It traverses history and explore art works from the time of Oedipus and Iphigeneia to the Mayan reliefs, William Blake and contemporary art.

Since 2016: “Art and aesthetics in the contemporary world.”

“Art and aesthetics in the contemporary world.” is a series of lectures for high school students that started in the autumn of 2016, organized by “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation”. Examines the word “Art” and the meaning of it at the recent decades and explores how the mass culture of music and film industry is affecting public aesthetics and everyday life. Also searches for the contemporary lifestyle and compares it with the past.

2011-2015: “Postmodernism for Dummies”

“Postmodernism for Dummies” was a lecture opened to the public organized by the “Thesi 95 Cultural Club”. It is about art history of the 00s and the way that contemporary art “works”.

2011-2015: “Is this Art?”

“Is this Art?” is a series of lectures for high school students that started in the autumn of 2011, organized by “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation”. It’s about how modernism and postmodernism affected the contemporary art practice and pop culture of today.

2012-2013: “If people asked who we were we would say we were Byzantine”

“If people asked who we were we would say we were Byzantine” is a series of lectures for high school students that will start in the autumn of 2012, organized by “Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation”. The Phrase of James Warhola (nephew of Andy Warholl), “If people asked who we were we would say we were Byzantine” is the motive for an art journey throughout art history, focusing on the interaction between Byzantine art and contemporary art practice.

 

Articles

Since 2018: Huffington Post

Huffington Post is one of the most important online platforms worldwide. The purpose of this collaboration is to publish articles as a blogger in the Greek specking section of the site (www.huffingtonpost.gr), regarding art, culture and society.

Since 2010: –www.kostouros.net/blog/

www.kostouros.net/blog is where I share my thoughts in May 2010. It has two categories “Hard and Soft Art Issues” and “Heavy Mental”. The First is about art and “how it works” and the second is about social issues and personal thoughts.

 

Publications

2018: Walking the ancient trail trodden by the wicked”

(Author: K. Kostouros)

The book contains an analysis and the script of the homonymous Art Performance.

“Nissos Publications” – ISBN 978-960-589-084-1

2014: “What it’s like to be back”

(Authors: D. Tanoudis, K. Kostouros, M. Hronea)

The book contains the script of the homonymous Art Performance.

”Poema Publications” – ISBN 978-618-80940-7-9