Born in Agrinio in 1975, he was an Athens School of Fine Arts student under the tutelage of Rena Papaspyrou (1996-2001). He proceeded with his studies on a Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) grant and eventually graduated summa cum laude. In 1999 he spent an academic semester in Spain as an Erasmus exchange student. He has had six individual exhibitions and has partaken in various group shows. His works are featured in art collections both in Greece and abroad as well as in the Frissiras Museum. He lives and works in Athens.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011 50.000.000 B.C., Gallery 7, Αthens, Greece
  • 2011 Exploring the paradox, Apocalypse Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2008 See through, Gallery 7, Αthens, Greece
  • 2007 Art forum, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 C.K. art gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2005 Have a Look, Gallery 7, Αthens, Greece

Group Exhibitions

  • 2012 Ellenico Plurale - Dipinti dalla Collezione Sotiris Felios, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy (curated by Giuliano Serafini)
  • 2012 Between Reality and Fantasy- Paintings from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio de Chirico Cultural Center, Volos, Greece (curated by Irene Orati)
  • 2011 Bodies & Lanscapes, Contemporary Greek Painting from the the Antonis and Asia Hadjioannou Collection, Greek Cultural Foundation, Berlin, Germany (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2011 Fake Paradise, Κ-art gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 Talk; Don’t be afraid, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2010 Red House, Chalkida, Greece (curated by Μary Alexiou Gallery)
  • 2010 Joannes Gennadius and his world, Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2010 Transformations, Gallery art s.a., Tzia, Greece
  • 2010 Tracing Istanbul, Sismanoglio Megaro, Istanbul & “Technopolis”, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2010 Deconstructing the canvas, inventing the image: works from the Antonis and Asia Hadjioannou Collection, Toumpa Cultural Centre, Thessaloniki (Dimitria 2010), Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2010 Opening, Prisma Gallery,  Athens, Greece (curated by Marina Kanakaki)
  • 2009 Bon Voyage, Gallery Κ-art, Αthens, Greece
  • 2009 Last Supper, ERSIS Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Melina Mercouri, Μary Alexiou Gallery, Hydra, Greece
  • 2009 Beyond the real, Gallery Chania, Crete, Greece (curated by Bia Papadopoulou)
  • 2009 It happened in Athens, Cultural Centre of Athens, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2008 Always open, always watchful the eyes of my soul… - Sketching Dionysios Solomos, Moschandreou Gallery – “Mikri Arktos”, Messolongi, Greece & Venice, Italy
  • 2008 Cruxes and half moons, Κ-art gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2008 Plastic wanderings, something happens, Mary Alexiou Gallery, Greece
  • 2007 Unfair, Gallery 7, Athens, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2007 Realia Mundi, Thing of the World, P.&M. Andros, Greece (curated by Athena Schina)
  • 2007 Birthplace, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2006 Art forum, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2006 Greek souvenir, Bacaro gallery, Αthens, Greece
  • 2006 Once there was Penelope Delta, Athens , Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2005 C.K. art gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • 2005 St.Nicolas Bay Aquarium, Crete, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2005 Depo art project 21x21 Gallery 7, Athens, Greece
  • 2005 The colours of the rainbow, A.P.A.C.A. (Association for the Psychosocial Health of Children & Adolescents), Eleftherias Park Arts Centre, Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2004 Anthropography, C. Christofis Collection, Academy of Thracian Art and Tradition, Xanthi, Greece
  • 2004 In our image after our likeness, 60 years of greek painting from the Frissiras Museum Collection, Athens, Greece (curated by Martha Chalikia & Evangelia Kaldelis)
  • 2004 20 x 20, Gallery 7, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 Visual Game, Academy of Thracian Art and Tradition, Athens, Greece (curated by John Kolokotronis)
  • 2002 Athens School of Fine Arts Graduating Class 2000-2001, The Factory, Athens, Greece
  • 2002 Travel through Art, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2002 Greek Artists, C. Christofis Collection, Athens, Greece
  • 2001 Athens School of Fine Arts Graduates Union, Athens, Greece
  • 1998 Heineken Art, Athens, Greece

Katsipanos’ Anthropomorphism Turning Zoomorphic

'I am an insect that dreamt it was human'
Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) in David Cronenberg's "The Fly"

In his recent show Theofilos Katsipanos, diffusedly, casts aside the gloomy, 'gothic' character coming out of his former work and spins off into cartoonish realms. In his frames, the depiction of the human form, intensely realistic, albeit distorted in proportion, had prevailed, abundantly. Yet, presently, the human figure, still present, is represented along human-like, animal creatures: rather, anthropomorphic shapes; zoomorphic humans; (?) The images seem to split into two, on two levels. Reality, as it were, and dream world -wherein the artist's imagination seems beyond restraint- in coexistence.

Human longing to animate objects or to give them human attributes such as voice, legs, mouth, hands, clothing etc, is quite untraceable. Still, Aesop's fables would most probably be among the first historical attempts to "endow (humanlike) soul" to animals, by bestowing them the gift of thought and speech -implementing them as metaphors for instructive purposes (intended for humanity). Then we would have La Fontaine's "Mythes". Further still, surrealist precursors; like Lewis Carroll, readily presenting anthropomorphic features onto objects as plain as playing cards, retaining within the entire description merely the discipline characterizing the actual fabrication of the pack itself as a metaphor for the ordered plurality and insignificance of the military.

Should one discern any affinity among Katsipanos' anthropomorphic methods to those of Carroll's, it becomes all the more transparent in the case of the -invisible- Cheshire-Cat.

The second dimension in this recent work, also -peculiarly- touching upon "Alice in Wonderland" (or, even more so, upon its follow up, "Through the Looking Glass") is the distortion of the geometrical space, the shrinking and blowing up of rooms, the contraction of furniture, (themselves haphazardly turning zoomorphic as well) the mutation of the spatial role of Katsipanos' own "Alice". Indeed, she is constantly present, a girl/woman much like Carroll's protagonist, who seems to be the keeper of the keys among the two universes. And when the space around the shapes is not architectural/ geometrical, it is conjured in occult shreds of obscure forests.

Then, there come the wee cartoonish creatures that, as mentioned, start up an entirely new page in the progress of the artist's work: scores of them, fawns to puppies to anthropomorphic amoebae (?) up to definitely unidentifiable animal forms. The forms/animals materialize transcending common spatial arrangement: growing out of the walls, hovering in the ambient air, tumbling, almost invisible.

Katsipanos' paintwork has always been characterized by vivid mystery and eerie sense. Today, inoculating it with a keen pop element instead of dragging it into some readily apprehensible normality, he sets it off inside unfathomed terrains of the bizarre.

Thanassis Moutsopoulos
* Published in the exhibition catalogue "Theofilos Katsipanos - 50.000.000 B.C.", 7 Gallery, 2011, p. 6-7.

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