Born in Athens in 1975, he studied painting at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Rena Papaspyrou (1993-2003) and engraving under Michalis Arfaras (2004-2011). In 1997 he was awarded the Yiannis & Zoe Spyropoulos Foundation second prize award. He has also been awarded the Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation’s two-year grant in printmaking at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He was a contributing illustrator to 'Babel' and 'MovMag' magazines, as well as to the periodical publications '9' and 'Bibliothiki' of 'the Eleftherotipia' newspaper. In 2000 his first graphic novel entitled 'O Giaponas' ('the Japanese') was published and in 2009 the sequel released under the title 'O Giaponas – Deuteronomion'. He works as an illustrator in 'the Vima' newspaper and in the 'Athens Review of Books. His works can be found in the collections of the Benaki Museum, the Frissiras Museum for Contemporary European Painting, the Kouvoutsakis Institute and the Spyropoulos Museum as well as in various other private and public collections in Greece and abroad.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008 Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2004 Tzamia-Crystalla Gallery, Hania- Crete
  • 2003 An Army of One (curator: Lina Tsikouta), Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2002 Antennae, Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2001 Babel Gallery, Athens
  • 2000 Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2000 Palataki, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Haidari, Athens

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2012 Between Reality and Fantasy. Works from the Sotiris Felios Collection, Giorgio de Chirico Art Center, Volos (curated by Irene Orati)
  • 2010 Battlefield, taf (The Art Foundation), Athens
  • 2009 6 x Printmaking, Kaplanon 5 Gallery
  • 2007 Birthplace, Benaki Museum, Athens (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2006 Homage to G. Viziinos, Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2005 Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2005 Belgrade Comics Festival, Yugoslavia
  • 2004 Benaki Museum, Athens (curated by Thanassis Moutsopoulos)
  • 2004 Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki
  • 2004 Aegina Folk Museum, Aegina (curated by Iris Kritikou)
  • 2004 Emmanuel Roidis, Art Space “24”, Athens (curated by Michel Fais)
  • 2004 Everyday Hellas, Whitebox Gallery, New York, U.S.A. (curated by Heather Kouris)
  • 2003 Coup de Coeur, Athens Art Gallery, Athens (curated by Evgenia Alexaki)
  • 2002 All Fashioned, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki
  • 2002 All Fashioned, Larissa Contemporary Art Center, Larissa (curated by Nikos Xydakis)
  • 2002 Anthropogeografia, Rethymnon Contemporary Art Center, Crete (curated by Maria Maragou)
  • 2002 7th International Comics Festival of “Babel”, Αlsos Stratou, Athens
  • 2001 Livre d’ Artistes - text and objects, Gallery “7”,  Athens
  • 2001 Art Athina, Athens
  • 2001 6th International Comics Festival of “Babel”, Technopolis – Gazi, Athens
  • 2001 Astrolavos Dexameni Gallery, Athens
  • 2000 Art Space “24”, Athens
  • 2000 5th International Comics Festival of “Babel”, Technopolis – Gazi, Athens
  • 2000 1st Triennial of Greek engraving, Pierides Gallery, Glyfada
  • 2000 Artists of the Spyropoulos Museum, “Hellenic Cosmos” Cultural Center, Athens (curated by Olga Daniilopoulou)
  • 1998 Y&Z Spyropoulos Foundation Awards, Spyropoulos Museum, Athens
  • 1997 Art Heineken ’97, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Poulopoulos’building
  • 1996 Art Heineken ’97, Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Athens, Poulopoulos’building

Scholarships

  • 2004-06 Scholarship for printmaking (Hellenic Scholarships Foundation)
  • 2006-08 Scholarship for visual arts (Propondis Foundation)

Publications

  • 2009 “The Japanese - Deuteronomion” - Ninth Dimension Publications
  • 2004 “Skies”-Futura Publications
  • 2003 “An Army of One”-Scripta Publications
  • 2002 “Antennae”-Futura Publications
  • 2000 “The Jap”-Futura Publications

Diary of a soldier

With armoured tanks (that refer to extraterrestrial robots) and self-portraits (that preserve an ellipticity and a “moisture”) Constantinos Papamichalopoulos narrates to us his military service.

“An Army of One” is the diary of an artist that contracts his adherence to comics with the eroticism of the lonely gaze.

Machines that state the fear of the future and self-portraits of the creator in uniform that contain the fear of self constitute an unaffectatious shaping reality.

Papamichalopoulos’ pictures are the letters he did not send and did not receive, the zeimbekika he did not dance, the fantasies at the sentry box that did not fade – but mainly they are the intricate tattoos that he embroidered on his body before he got dressed in khakis.

Constantinos, suspended between childhood and his coming of age, the confessed and that which was never acknowledged, the reclusive and the secular, claims our emotion in order to move on.

And he’s earned it.

Michel Fais
Athens, 2003

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