Veroukas Alexis (1968)

Born in Athens in 1968, in 1985-86 he took classes of graphic design at the Atelier Ceruleum in Lausanne, and in 1986-88 he studied History of Art at the Institut d’Art et d’Archeologie in Sorbonne (Paris IV). From 1988 to 1993 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, painting under Leonardo Cremonini and lithography under Abraham Hadad.
In 1994 he presents his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Flak in Paris, with some early works, model-based studies and compositions with industrial spaces. In the following years he turns to the contemporary urban landscape, painting panoramic views of European cities (Paris, London, Madrid, Belgrade, Athens, Piraeus, Thessaloniki...) which he presents in his first solo show on Greece as The Journey (1997, Athens Art Gallery). The painterly rendering of large outdoor spaces continues to preoccupy him in the next series of works on ancient theatres (Auditoria and Tiers, 2001). Yet soon he moves away from this as his quests become more intimate and the human figures emerges decisively in his work. The space becomes closed and abstract while the denuded figures —self-portraits and double portraits in scenes with a strong emotional charge— reveal a tendency towards introspection or liberating confession (Vincti Sumus, 2011). His latest work comprises compositions based on the rocky seascapes of Hydra. In all phases of his work, and irrespective of the subjects in each case, the emphasis is on visual qualities and the expressive power of colour.
He has also worked as illustrator and editor of books. In 1985 he received the 1st award for the poster of the Year of Music in Strasbourg, and in 2004 he won the Award of the National Council of Monaco at the Exposition PIAC. He has presented his work in solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad and in numerous group shoes in Greece and elsewhere. A retrospective of his work was held in 2012 at the Cycladic Gallery (Hermoupolis, Syros).