Kampanis Markos (1955)

He was born in 1955 in Athens. He studied painting at the Wimbledon School of Art (1974-1975) and the St. Martins School of Art (1975-1978). He lived in London until 1980, where he attended the Stavros Mihalarias’ restoration studio and studied printmaking at the Apollo Etching Studio. In 1983 he lived for six months in Florence studying Italian museums. He presented his first solo exhibition in 1979 in Athens, as part of the 5th Young Artists Forum, organized by the Cultural Center Ora.
His painting and printmaking works, as well as his drawings present great thematic variety: There are landscapes, interiors, still lifes, people, nudes, and even abstract compositions. However, a large part of his oeuvre is related to his regular visits to Mount Athos and is inspired by the monastic lifestyle, the architecture of churches, and local art. In this context, he has painted a significant number of hagiographies, icons and frescoes in Mount Athos monasteries. Moreover, he has established in Karyes the printmaking studio ‘The Mount’, where, among other things, the reprint of old copperplates (the so-called paper pictures) is attempted from their originals, in order to preserve and promote this art.
Both as painter and printmaker, he tirelessly explores the potential of his media, experiments with his materials and often applies mixed techniques. He uses the monotype technique to process variations of his artworks. His oeuvre is known for its artistic simplicity and expressive capacity, as well as for the apt transformation of traditional elements into a modern personal idiom.
Furthermore, he illustrates books, curates exhibitions and edits publications, and has worked as a stage designer. Albums with his prints have been published. He is curator at the Mount Athos Gallery of the Simonopetra Monastery, which features artworks inspired by Mount Athos.
He has presented several solo exhibitions and has participated in group ones in Greece and abroad. In 1984 he participated in the 15th Biennale of Alexandria. A number of his works are in museums and private collections.