Emmanouil Bitsakis was born in Athens in 1974. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts (1996-2001). In 2001, he received a scholarship from the Danish Institute in Athens to spend two months in Copenhagen creating artwork. He has held six solo shows and has taken part in art fairs and group exhibitions in Greece and internationally. He lives and works in Athens.

 

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 The Sotiris Felios Collection: Emmanouil Bitsakis - Persistent Minimum, Fokionos Negri 16, Athens, Greece
  • 2013 Elizabethan Collar, Kalfayan Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2011 Painting, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Faces Of The Uigur Through Song & Dance, National Portrait Gallery (as part of the BP Portrait Award 2009, as the winner of the BP Travel Award 2008), London, UK
  • 2009 Painting, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Painting, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens, Greece

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2014 Small, the Drawing Center, New York, U.S.A.
  • 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)
  • 2010 Contemporary approaches to the collection of Municipal Gallery of Mithymna, Lesvos, Greece
  • 2010 Phantasmagoria, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 Art-Athina 2010 International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 Sensitivity Questioned, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Travel award section of BP Portrait Award 2009, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2009 Bon Voyage, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2009 Art-Athina 2009 International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2008 Metallaxis, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2008 Black Heels, on poetry by Yiorgos Chronas, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2008 BP Portrait Award 2008, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007 A Tribute to Dionysios Solomos, Moschandreou Gallery, Messolongi, Greece
  • 2007 Birthplace, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 Crosses & Crescents, K-art Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2007 BP Portrait Award 2007, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007 Sights of Form - Signs of Landscape, Greek artists from the collection of Antonis and Asia Hatziioannou, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Crete, Greece
  • 2006 Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta, Hellenic American Foundation Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Near Likeness-Approaches to a Portrait of A. Benakis, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 In our Image after Our Likeness, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2004 In Praise of the Olive, Athens Academy, Greece
  • 2003 I, Me, Myself, Rethymnon Center of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece
  • 2003 1st Frissiras Museum European Painting Award, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
  • 2003 11th Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Athens, Greece
  • 2002 1st Inter-Balkan Forum of Contemporary Miniature Art, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

... Bitsakis' portraits are also stunning paintings in their own right, deserving winners of the 2008 BP travel award.

Not much more than a dozen centimeters square, the images have a powerful mood of loss and fortitude with their flattened perspective, sharply drawn brooding faces, which recall Dürer and Memling, and compressed backgrounds featuring local ornament and Communist architecture. A solo show beckons.

Ben Lewis 
Art critic
* Εxtract from an article on the exhibition at National Portrait Gallery, London (Evening Standard, 8 July 2009).