Born in Athens in 1964. He studied sculpture at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1983-1988) under Dimitris Kalamaras and Vassilis Papaioannou. He furthered his studies on a greek state scholarship (1992-1995). He is a member of Visual Arts Chamber of Greece. In 2009 he has made the “Niki Award” under commission from the Athens Information Technology University. Sculptures of his can be found in public spaces such as the “war heroes” monument in central square of Sparta and the “tribute to the wife of seafarer” in Galaxidi and the bust of Nikos Vernikos Eugenides in the island of Sifnos. Ananidas has been awarded prizes in sculpture competitions all over Greece since 2005. He has been teaching drawing and “decorative applications” in AKTO school of art and design since 1996. Reviews, interviews and presentations of his work have been published in many newspapers and magazines in Greece. His works can be found in private collections. Lives and works in Athens.
- 2012 Hmar Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
- 2011 Hmar Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
- 2010 Ekfrasi-Gianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece
- 2005 Ekfrasi-Gianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Athens, Greece
- 2001 Ekfrasi-Gianna Grammatopoulou Gallery, Glyfada, Greece
- 1994 Maria Papadopoulos Gallery, Athens, Greece
Group Exhibitions (selection)
- 2010 Figurative Art, Municipal Art Center of Athens, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2010 Time. People. Their stories: A study of the concept of theatricality outside the confines of a stage, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (curated by Manos Stefanides)
- 2010 About heroes…, Municipal Art Gallery of Kalamata, Greece (curated by Iris Kritikou)
- 2009 The human figure in art, Municipal Art Center of Athens, Visual Arts Chamber of Greece
- 2001 Month of visual arts”, Municipal Art Center of Athens, Visual Arts Chamber of Greece
Costas Ananidas’s sculpture is basically anthropocentric and draws on traditional themes. In his work, the world of antiquity co-exists with the modern world: the artist is very fond of portraying mythological archetypes, such as Prometheus, Atlas, the anonymous Spartan warrior, but he is also engaged with the male and female nude, with the figure of the pregnant woman, the bust, and more recently, with the representation of horses. He has also constructed big-scale public art, such as the ‘Monument of the Seaman’s Wife’, which is installed in the historic town of Galaxidi. He draws his subject in great detail and in 1:1 scale, using ink, water colour or pencil, thus developing a very close relationship to his model. The drawings of male and female nudes in different attitudes or his studies of horses in movement impress us for the sensitivity they reveal alongside their perfection which points to the patience and devotion of their creator.
Ananidas’s sculpture can be characterized as ‘classical’: the artist is mainly concerned with plasticity, the power of expression, the internal force of form in its relation to space and the viewer. He has studied in depth the sculpture not only of the ancient Greeks and Romans but also that of the Renaissance, following the advice of his master, Dimitris Kalamaras. After a period in which the moulding of the surface had the texture of a relief, Ananidas arrived at a representational mode distinguished by calmness and interior power. His sculpting is ‘built’ upon a centre without particular projections and the light simply pours over the form without creating intense shadings. In some works, interiority, stillness and silence dominate while others, inspired by subjects deriving from antiquity, are distinguished by a slow and controlled movement.
Ananidas’s sculpture is inextricably related with his drawings and painting: he himself admits that the whole technical process forms part of his work. Quality, proportion, harmony and order, which have always been regarded as classical or academic features in art, also make up, in an entirely contemporary way however, his own personal signature.
Melita Emmanuel Professor of Art History, School of Architecture The National and Polytechnical University of Athens