Madenis Michalis (1960)

He was born in 1960 in Komotini (Thrace). At first he attended painting courses at the studio of Nikos Stefos. Then he studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts on scholarship (1985-1990), under Triantafyllos Patraskidis and Panagiotis Tetsis, and graduated with distinction. He continued his studies in The Netherlands, at the Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunste (The Hague), on a Dutch state grant (1990-91) and on a Greek state grant (1992-94). In 1992 he presented his first solo exhibition in Athens (Nees Morfes Gallery) while in 1994 he returned to Greece.
From his early works to date, he has remained faithful to an anthropocentric figurative painting. The naked male body dominates his works, with an emphasis on its human condition. The emotiveness of the figures and the somewhat melancholic atmosphere that surrounds them denote a definite expressionistic tendency. The mortality and sanctity of the human body is signified through symbols. The element of nudity is abundant without alluding, however, to standards of classic beauty expressly. Nudity rather stresses the humanistic nature of this artistic proposal and the profound correlation with the history of civilization. Overall, the powerful depiction of the figures, the evocative compositions and the expressive use of colour constitute the main features of his idiom.
He has presented his work in numerous solo exhibitions in Greece and has participated in several group exhibitions in Greece and abroad (Netherlands, China, Germany, Turkey, Egypt).
From 2003 to 2018 he worked in the educational programmes and children's workshop of the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutzos Museum in Athens.