Xonoglou Dimitris (1949)

Born in Proti, Serres in 1949, he studied painting and ceramic art in Rome (1972-1976: Accademia di Belle Arti and Scuola Ornamentale di San Giacomo). In 1982 he presented his first solo exhibition at the Zygos Gallery in Athens. He taught in secondary education and then at the Dept of Architectural Engineering of the University of Thessaloniki, as assistant and then deputy professor, until his retirement in 2015.
He started with neo-representational paintings that combined strong colours with expressionist and surrealist elements. After the mid-1980s he turns gradually to three-dimensional structures and installations with a more clearly conceptual aspect to his subjects. He employs such diverse materials as burnt book pages, wax, everyday objects in their original or altered form, wood or metal constructions, photographs and eventually video projections. The symbolic or allegorical function of forms, materials and objects combines with complex references to concepts and phenomena of a social, epistemological or cosmological content. His work is presented in interconnected thematic series associated with the organised juxtaposition of images and constructions in space, often in unexpected combinations. Some titles point—usually in an indirect way—to their psychological or cultural starting points: Desert Point (1993), Tender Ballads for Sensitive Industrialists (2000), Take, Eat (2004), The artist’s house (2009), Mediterranean Palimpsests (2013), etc. The multiple levels of meaning, bold reversals and an occasional sarcastic mood are among the attributes of his works. Many of his installations comprise painterly elements, while painting occasionally returns as his main medium, as in Wash the sins, not only the face, a 2014 series of chromatically and expressively intense portraits painted with acrylic on large canvases without the addition of any other materials.
He has presented his work in over 20 solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad and has participated in numerous group and international shows. His works can be found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.