Aris Ioannou

Aris Ioannou

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Aris Ioannou was born on November 18th 1940 at the village Laimos of the Prespa prefecture in Florina (NW Greece) by refugee parents from the Black Sea. He graduated from Florina's High School in 1960 while from 1963 to 1967 he worked as a coal miner in West Germany. Early in the year 1967 he boarded a tanker for eight months until he returned to his birthplace Laimos where he spread his roots. In 1968 he was appointed Secretary of the Laimos village, a position he used to hold until 2005. Since 1980 he lives with his wife and two daughters in Florina where he used to maintain a workshop and personal exhibition space until recently. Aris Ioannou painted without any particular knowledge or education on the art of painting. His continuous goal was to satisfy his love for painting and only through painting to record the human feelings. In 1983 he started presenting his work, which consists of over 1000 paintings, in solo exhibitions. The Hellenic Television Network presented his work twice (1984, 1985) and the radio once (1987). The materials used in his paintings are mainly oil and enamel paint while the technics he was most interested in were brush, spatula, flood and finger techniques. These were used on paper, cloth, wood, stones and transparencies. According to specialists his work has an expressionistic character. He painted the human face with passion in all his manifestations. Aris Ioannou also adored the nature of Prespa in his paintings and particularly the walnut and cedar trees of his birthplace. His paintings had been absolutely influenced by the people around him and his childhood experiences during and after the civil war struggle. His unrealized plans for the future involved among others to paint music, according to his perception, where the sound tone would be depicted by the line and the senses it evokes by colour.



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