Prodromidis Aris (1947)

He was born in Thessaloniki in 1947. He studied architecture, art and history of photography and cinema at the University of Florence and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence (until 1976).
His first solo exhibition was held in Thessaloniki (Temporary, 1969), where he presented works of painting. His choice of expressive medium was gradually modified, so that he could explore his interest in architectural space and at the same time, easily develop and adopt a more multifaceted approach towards the cultural data that determine the communicative function of contemporary art. Thus, by the early '80s, he had incorporated in his work: digitally processed photographs, exterior or interior spatial interventions, environments and happenings. In fact, he was one of the first Greek artists that introduced such art forms. Soon, technology became indispensable to his work, which encompasses multimedia installations, video art and performances.
The forms, objects and materials used, generate each time different sensory and psychological experiences and lead to multilevel interpretations. The purely artistic structure of his compositions gives emphasis on their conceptual content, without surrendering to it completely. Although the artist is critical towards the conventional role of the image, the figurative and aesthetic aspects of the artworks, combined with frequent allusions to autobiographical information and memories, enhance the emotional charge they convey.
He teaches at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Architecture, since 1980 (currently associate professor).
He presented his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He participated in many international events such as, the Biennales of Sofia (1981), Paris (1982), Ljubljana (1983), Pontevedra (1984), and Barcelona (1990), as well as in Europalia (Belgium, 1982) and Insite (as part of Documenta 10, 1997 - Kassel, Germany). His retrospective exhibition Reviewing the Work: 1967-2003 was held at the Vafopoulio Cultural Centre (Thessaloniki, 2003).