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Born in Southern California, ITHAKA (Ithaka Darin Pappas) is a multi-faceted visual artist, global wanderer and naturalist. He first began experimenting with photography at the age of five. By his late-teens, he was doing freelance magazine assignments for publications such as Thrasher Skateboarding.
During his early twenties he found regular work as a photographer in the West Coast music industry photographing hip hop artists such as N.W.A. (Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy E). Also during this period, living in Los Angeles, he began sculpting (primarily using discarded surfboards as his raw material of choice).
His own search for self-expression gradually distanced him from the more commercial applications of photographic work and he began exhibiting both his personal photographs and sculptures, often together, and began traveling extensively.
During the 90's, he relocated several times: Athens (six months), Tokyo (one year), Lisbon (six years) and in 2001 visited Brazil for the first time. Where, for a decade, he has divided his time between Southern California and a rural part of the state of São Paulo. And finally after more than half a year in Mexico, he has finally returned to reside in Southern California
As both a life-long surfer and a connoisseur of urban culture, Ithaka has long had an inner-conflict of city vs. nature. His influences have often been divided between the two worlds, but it's been there in Brazil his love for the wilderness has grown substantially. His new found passion for the jungle, and all of its mysteries, has become the dominant influence in all aspects of his visual work. Official sites: @_ithaka_ (instagram), ithakaofficial.com, https://www.facebook.com/IthakaBlue/
Recycled Surfboard Sculptures