Stamos Stergios (1964)

Born in Krania, Grevena in 1964, he studied at the Zossimea Teachers' Academy of Ioannina (1982-1984) and then at the Thessaloniki School of Fine Arts (1984-1989) under Vangelis Dimitreas.
In his early works the drawing and the composition dominate, with colour in a complementary role. The human figure is mostly absent while there are clear references to land (fields, terrain landscape) and the vague horizon of the sea. His influences come from the plains of Thessaly and the landscapes of Mount Athos. In his compositions he introduces upright landscapes unlike the traditional, horizontally orientated layout.
In the 2000s he starts to propose wall-mounted constructions and installations with aluminium, neon light, fluorescent lamps and Plexiglas, with the added writing reinforcing the image as well as alluding to an archetypal form of communication. Yet he continues to practise painting, using it —like the written word— to convey emotions, charge his viewers and bring them into a game where life converses with death and art with technology.
His most recent series — Migrations (2012), . In my country (2014) and Geographies (2017)— comprise installations, photographic material and painting and examine the journey of refugees while making clear references to Greece in her time of crisis.
He has had over 20 solo exhibitions in Greece and Cyprus and has participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Greece and abroad (Britain, France, Spain, China, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, etc.). he has designed stage sets and costumes for the theatre, and teaches in secondary education and the paining workshops of the Municipality of Trikala. His works can be found in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, the Larissa Centre for Contemporary Art, the Gallery of Komotini, the Tsitsanis Museum in Trikala, in public spaces as well as in several private collections.