Born in Chania (Crete) in 1975, Antonis Choudalakis lives and works between Chania, Athens and Stockholm. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and received a Grant in 2011 by the B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts and Music in Athens.

 

Solo Exhibition

  • 2015 Simatoros, Athens Art Gallery, Athens

 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015 Bodies, Differently, Vorres Museum, Athens (curated by: Caterina Pizanias)
  • 2015 Only for you, Erotokritos, Telloglion Foundation of art, Thessaloniki (curated by: Iris Kritikou)
  • 2014 Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 2013 C.P. Cavafy, Painted, 40 Contemporary Greek Creators, B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation, Athens (curated by: Takis Mavrotas)
  • 2013 Paper, scissors, stone, Mare Gallery, Chania, Crete (curated by: Sofia Mavroudis)
  • 2013 Sacred and profane love, Dourakis Winery, Chania, Crete (curated by: Konstantinos Proimos)
  • 2012 Everything is fine, or the continuous search for a utopia, in three private apartments in Stockholm (curated by: Sofia Mavroudis)
  • 2012 The Birth of the Great Death (about the Black plague), StoArt Gallery, Chania, Crete, in collaboration with the French Institute and the Archeological Institute of Chania (curated by: Marika Konstantinidou)
  • 2012 Zappio Exhibition and Congress Hall, Athens, part of the official event towards bulliyng and school violence
  • 2011 20 x 20 (20 artists portraits 20 important Greek personalities), organized by Vima Men Magazine, Athinais Art Space, Athens (curated by: Takis Mavrotas)
  • 2010 St. George Lycabettus Hotel, organized by Kappatos Gallery,hens. Title Rooms 2010, (curated by: Sofia Mavroudis)
  • 2010 The Art and the Region, the Municipal Gallery of Syros, Syros (curated by: Peggy Kounenaki)
  • 2010 Utopia, Art Klinika, Novi Sad, Serbia (curated by: Maria Karathanou, Zeliko Vitorovic)
  • 2010 Commission for an outdoor fresco, the wine yard Loupaki, Crete
  • 2010 Art and Technology - Man & Machine, Olive Press - Art Factory, Chania, (curated by: Ioannis Archontakis, Peggy Kounenaki, Sofia Mavroudis)
  • 2010 The Art and the Region, the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania (curated by: Peggy Kounenaki)
  • 2009 Kykladon 28 Genious Loci, Kykladon 28, Athens (curated by: Sofia Mavroudis)
  • 2009 Saligia, Booze cooperativa art space, Athens (curated by: Manos Stefanidis, Yagos Andreadis, George Veltsos, Thanassis Moutsopoulos)
  • 2008 Meat me this summer, Melhisedek III Gallery, Chania (curated by: Eleanna Pontikaki)
  • 2007 Odyssey within Agora Gallery, New York (curated by: Angela DiBello)
  • 2007 From East to West, Evdomi Opsi Gallery, Chania (curated by: Theodoros Kaloumenos)
  • 2006 Group exhibition, Melchisedek III Gallery Space, Chania (curated by: Myrto Kontomitaki)
  • 2003 Group exhibition of students from Glasgow School of Art, Newberry Gallery, Glasgow (curated by: Carol Rhodes)
  • 2002 Artists from Chania, the Old Customs House space, during the May Art Fair in Chania (curated by: Theodoros Kaloumenos)
  • 2001 of students from Glasgow School of Art, Newberry Gallery in Glasgow (curated by: Bob Wyatt)
  • 1999 Against the wave, Gyali Tzami art space, Chania
  • 1999 Against the wave, 8 West Gallery, Athens

The solo exhibition of Antonis Choudalakis consists of ink drawings depicting a hybrid world, in a perpetual verge of reminiscence and reflection. The exhibition entitled "Quartermaster" that is presented until the 16/1 in Athens Art Gallery (4 Glyconos str., Dexameni), is composed of figurative paintings, which either with symbolic posturing or as part of a narrative made in annotating fragments, define and extend a personal attitude. Antonis Choudalakis reveals an internal tank of strength.

N. B. Kathimerini, 1/1 2016

 

Human expression as a place of memory

Antonis Choudalakis extracts historic events through individuals.

In his new exhibition, Antonis Choudalakis focus on the historical fact and its geographical place through humans. Through simple ink drawings and by using a particular type of paper, Choudalakis´ gives almost 'monumental' importance to his characters, anonymous persons who played a significant role in a particular place: the hometown of the artist, Chania, Crete.

The painter transfer stories from his own surrounding to his canvas.

Through the series of portraits we see in the exhibition that represents a sequence of historical events, Choudalakis incorporate the individual with the collective consciousness and identity.

The art historian Peggy Kounenaki write in the catalogue: "the time and the place - in their historical and social dimensions; identity as a key element of a person at a specific time and place; the individual and collective memory and the influence of one to another and migration as duplex relationship between local and foreigners, are only a few of the thoughts that occupies the mind of the viewer as he faces the work of Antonis Choudalakis. One realizes that it is a conceptual work, with themes that touches on the Greek reality, which is indirectly political, with a thoroughly researched foundation and executed in an innovative and original way.”

Giota Argiropoulou, “To Spirto”

 

"Art, great art, does not offer general solutions to personal problems, but instead offers personal solutions to general problems.”
Thodoris Kallifatidis

 

Over the last century, theories of art about the body have changed numerous times. These discourses have affected both how bodies have been depicted in art and how viewers have received this art. The exhibition Bodies, Differently is located within this ever-changing theoretical spectrum, and it aims to incite multiple receptions from its visitors and to create exchanges that question/bring forward associations, memories and feelings brought about when viewing exhibited bodies. It brings together work from three male artists—two Canadians and a Greek—who use their own bodies and others’ to explore far-ranging issues that affect bodies and their presentation. The body holds a privileged position in each artist’s practice: practices whose guiding threads are bodies both sensate and sensible. […]

Antonis Choudalakis, on the other hand, documents members of his immediate community in Crete, “fighters” against injustices in the art world and everyday life—an artist and two refugees: a Ukrainian woman and a Moroccan man. Antonis has perfected his portraiture practice to go well beyond simple likeness. He taps into the tweaks and quarks that give his subjects character—the bodies he draws represent persons as social constructs. For the present exhibit, he has gone a step further by including smaller, intimate portraits of the persons who have the backs, so to speak, of his three main subjects. His sitters and their helpers need to be seen side by side; they come as a package. Choudalakis […] attempts to depict a subject’s “internal” armature, literal or symbolic—a practice that requires a range of interpretive strategies.

[…] Antonis shows that nobody stands alone; all three confront us with the sheer complexity of the relationship of the body to its representations. A portrait was never a window into a sitter’s soul, only a portal into the layers and traces—visible and invisible—"written on the body." (Jeanette Winterson).

Caterina Pizanias, PhD
* Part of the catalogue text for the exhibition Bodies, Differently, Vorres Museum, 2015.

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