Christidis Achilleas (1959)

Born in Piraeus in 1959, he first went into stage design, taking classes at the KEA Theatre School of G. Bellos. For a time he worked professionally in music, and later turned to painting in which he is self-taught.
He presented his first solo exhibition in 1978 at the City Hall of Piraeus. In his early phase he used a representational idiom to present imaginary visual narratives from his personal microcosm. A key trait in his works is the viewing angle from high above. His subjects, approached in a theatrical way, are reminiscent of stills from horror or mystery films. Outlandish situations are presented with a humorous slant. Desolate landscapes and interiors with a suspicion of crime about them are rendered in a highly expressionistic, gestural style. Animals and humans are often shown trapped, tied up or with an air of death.
Next he went into three-dimensional constructions, using photovoltaic elements to create works with autonomous mechanisms for moving the objects he collected and recombined in new ways.
In his next period he focused on book illustrations. He also found inspiration in the ‘accursed’ personas of literature, creating frontal psychographic portraits of literary figures. His frantic, stimulating use of colour is reminiscent of the Fauves, as he exploits the expressive potential of colours and paint drips to convey the inner world of the depicted writers.
In more recent works he goes back to his unusual perspective, but the human figure is now absent and the subject is brought closer to the viewer to intensify the feeling of loneliness and mystery. He combines the macabre with the absurd and the humorous.
A member of the Art Chamber of Greece, he has presented his work in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Works of his can be found in public and private collections, at the Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, the Vorres Museum, etc.