Born in Ivanovo (Russia) in 1973, he was an Athens School of Fine Arts student of Rena Papaspyrou and Marios Spiliopoulos. He also studied graphic arts technology at the Athens Technical College (T.Ε.Ι.) where he specialised in art prints by means of silk screen printing. Next to painting, his artistic quest involves sculpture, hagiography, pottery, mosaics and photography. Having first exhibited in 2003 he has in the meantime shown his work in five solo shows and numerous group exhibitions. He resides and works in Athens.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016 Dilectical Reconstruction of the Visible, Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 2013 The Alchemy of the Form, Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 2011 The colour of nude, Athens Art Gallery, Athens
  • 2008 I dynami tou ormemfitou, Protogenous Art gallery, Athens
  • 2005 Anthropeion eligma, VR Gallery, Athens
  • 2004 Forms II, Kythera
  • 2003 Forms, Skiathos

Group Exhibitions

  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome
  • 2012 Athens Art Gallery
  • 2011 Graduates exhibition of the Athens School of Fine Arts
  • 2010 Kaplanon 5, Athens
  • 2008 Gazi, Athens
  • 2008 Αuction for the “Medicines sans Frontieres”, Politia Tennis Club, Athens
  • 2008 4+1 Downtown, Athens
  • 2007 MOMMY, Athens
  • 2007 Faulty photons, Public Market of Kypseli, Athens
  • 2006 BOOZE, Athens
  • 1999 Glancing, Athens College

Painting

Body, matter and spirit

The exhibition of paintings by Elias Karras (until February 26 in the "Athens Art Gallery" (4 Glykonos str., Dexameni) is a study on memory and desire. The human body, life, the spirit in the flesh, starring sovereign, but suggestive, in empty but complete spaces.  The completeness is achieved with color, mostly earthy, clay color. In this environment, life is shimmering, and man or the living beins unfold the memory. Elias Karras (b. 1973), with a very peculiar vividness, presents new paintings that have stories to tell. He studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Rena Papaspyrou and Marios Spiliopoulos.

* published at The Kathimerini newspaper on December 2, 2011

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