Critique

Konstantinos Efimidis artistic culture is saturated by countless allusions and flashbacks to the great art world craftsmen of the 20th century. With a glance at Efimidis’ paintings, one can instantly notice the aesthetic resonances with the pursuits of Russian artists of the circle Larionov – Filonof and the works of some representatives of the Paris School such as Picasso, Chagall and others. Without being limited to a particular style, the artist tries to interpret modern reality by bringing it through the torn nets of artistic experiments of the early 20th century. Thus the uniqueness of artistic pursuits and the attitude of the art that existed between the 19th and 20th century is revealed in its response to the atmosphere of modern times. In this case, though, we are talking only about external morphological characteristics of the style of a personal technique. The art of that time was revolutionary and experimental. It embodied the dissatisfaction from the reality that was impossible to be expressed with the means of the old pragmatic approach anymore. In a way, it was the absorption of the bright and transparent Apollonian ideal, by the aggressive and saturated Dionysian element. But in the case of Konstantinos Efimidis’ art, a rare transformation takes place. It feels like the artist is putting the flywheel of time to move inversely, forcing the modern viewer to form a new conception of the art of bygone eras. Skillfully manipulating the plastic experience of the painters of the past and based on their morphological searches, Konstantinos managed to change the conceptual source of this art and to harmonize the form by filling it with new content. Having lost its ecstatic anguish as well as the momentous revolutionary sincerity, but maintaining the freedom to morphological searches, Konstantinos’ art has acquired a new value. The painter has re-interpreted and in some cases has completely changed the codes of artistic concepts and associations, thus giving to the familiar form another character and a different meaning. With confidence and subtlety, the artist mixes to his tarpaulins the existential tragedy of Filonof’s art, with the pagan Hellenism of Picasso’s art, decorating the composition with the expressiveness of Kirchner or with the popular theatricality of Russian Futurists. But here we are not dealing with a collection of references to the world of painting, but with a special and unique phenomenon in art.

The true uniqueness of the painter Konstantinos Efimidis is hiding in him himself, in his sincere love for people and the world that is fermented with romantic passion, and the openness of his soul, his chromatic musicality and his passion for seeking the ideal harmony and the common uniting concepts.

Vitaly Lavrushin

self-portrait

Personal Exhibitions

2016
October –⁠ Art Gallery “Lavrushin”
Moscow
2015
November –⁠ Gavedarou Art Gallery
Thessaloniki
2015
September – Festival of Greek culture⁠
Moscow
2013
September – “Retrospective”, Cultural center “Alexander”⁠
Thessaloniki
2012
December
Kuwait
2012
October – International Arts Centre A.Nekrasov
Moscow
2012
July – Gallery “Les Oreades”
Moscow
2012
April – Central House of Artist (CHA), “A Situation”
Moscow
2011
October – “Gerda”, Private space
Moscow
2011
April – Gallery “Remenzo”
Thessaloniki
2010
November – Café Gallery “Museum”
2009
May – Art Collection Gallery
Drama
2006
October – Art gallery Mayoralty
Thessaloniki
2000
November – Drama Prefecture
2000
March – Township
Thessaloniki
2000
February
Frankfurt
1998
Coffee and Art Kouidi, Xanthi
Thessaloniki
1994
Art
Stuttgart

Team Exhibitions

2016
November – Through Paranjanov's eyes
Moscow
2016
October–November – “Communication through the centuries”
Kolomna
2013
September
Cyprus
2012
February – “Vafopoulio Cultural Center”
Thessaloniki
2011
November
Volos
2010
November – “Military camp Kodra”, (S.C.E.T.B.)
Thessaloniki
2010
March – “Visual Journeys”, (S.C.E.T.B.)
Thessaloniki
2009
December – “Human figure in art”
Athens
2009
February – Hellenic French Art Gallery
Athens
2009
Institut Français de Grèce
Athens
2008
Municipal Art Gallery
Thessaloniki
2008
Gallery NT Kiriko
Volos
2007
“Light +”, Municipal Art Gallery
Thessaloniki
2006
Cultural Center of Kifisia
Central Attica
2002
Epsilon Gallery
Thessaloniki
2001
November – Peace and Friendship Stadium
Athens
2001
January
Larissa
2000
December
Athens
2000
December – Prefecture of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
2000
“Artistic May”, International symposium of painters and sculptors
Drama
1999
Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa, G.I. Katsigras Museum
Larissa
1999
May – Municipality of Stavroupoli
Thessaloniki
1999
Mylos, “Music with colors”
Thessaloniki
1998
Villa Bianca
Thessaloniki
1997
June – Sporades
Archipelago in Greece
1997
May – Prefecture of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki
1997
April – Prefecture of Volos
Volos
1996
Art Gallery “University of Art”
Moscow
1991
Art Gallery “Caravan”
Georgia
1990
Art Gallery “ART-TEA”
Georgia

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