STAYING IN TOUCH WITH ART… by Kiara Timm
Call it September vibes, Autumn vibes or whatever else you fancy, for sure there seems to be a lot happening as soon as the summer ended. Some new art venues seem to pop up around, while lots of art and overall cultural events are taking place around the island which makes it hard to keep up! What matters is that things are finally happening and the art scene is booming!
I don’t know if it’s just this time of the year where everything is starting to take a roll again in tandem with a new school year or if it’s the post-covid syndrome; people seem to be thirsty to feed their mind and soul with more art activities and events! Whatever it is, for sure it adds a fresh breath to the daily routine.
As always, stay well, stay positive and enjoy your reading!
MEETING A LOCAL ARTIST… PANICOS SPANOS
While working as a craftsman at a lighting manufacturer, Panicos Spanos discovered his love for metal. He studied classical painting and ceramics under the Cypriot artist Pambos Michlis. Eventually he opened his own studio as a metal sculptor, and has stayed true to his medium ever since. He has participated in various exhibitions in Cyprus and is part of private collections all over the world.
Some of his artworks have been in public displays such as Icarus at the Ayia Napa promenade, Cerberus at the Ayia Napa sculpture park, the Olympic Champion Pavlos Kontides at Limassol’s Nautical Club, and the monument of Miners at Kalavassos village.
His recent exhibition in Limassol, ‘Step into my World’ showcases just some examples of his ongoing exploration of his inner thoughts, surroundings and society at large.
Further, the artist pulls together from a wide range of influences, specifically from the concept of time and space, the natural kingdom, and the infinite potential of humanity.
Some of Spanos’ sculptures have a playful tone and often reflect his attraction of cartoons and pop culture, while others are edgy and fierce.
For more enquires, check out below:
Website: www.spanosart.info Mobile: +357 99 598 905
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STO5i– a new collective
It all began when three young artists and friends decided to started off a chill collaboration between them. They would get together every summer in Cyprus and realized that they had a lot of common needs as artists, due to their good ideas and creative discussions.
Their first attempt was in summer 2021, where even with limited resources they managed to put together a small exhibition in Paphos and organized a private view which was a successful chance for emerging creatives to connect and discuss professional and identity struggles as artists. Following this experience, they decided that these struggles could facilitate the creation of a strong community.
As a result STO5i was born; a community interest collective committed to furthering the development of the media arts in Cyprus.
Its practice aims to mend the gap between up-and-coming artists and the local scene while providing creative spaces on the island for artists to meet, communicate and create together.
The founders are looking at it as a long-term commitment to finding more creatives like them that might or might not be struggling to put themselves out in the Cypriot scene and potentially create a community of co-creating friends. They are interested in inspiring more of a conversation between art/curator, writer/reader, and exhibition/artwork.
They try to help each other’s practice as much as they can, combining their individual skills to create great work.
STO5i had successfully managed to put together two group exhibitions over the summer of 2022, one in Limassol and another one in Paphos and are planning for more in the future.
DID YOU KNOW THAT?
Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night was painted while he was admitted for mental illness at Saint Remy de Provence. It is a view of the night sky right at his window which was painted during the day.
PICK AND CHOOSE AND MORE
- STEP INTO MY WORLD / PANICOS SPANOS / MORFI GALLERY / 16-26/9/22
- ART MIX WEEKEND / ART EXHIBITION / THE LATIN CENTER/ 9 OTHELOU STR., NICOSIA/ 23/9/22 -25/9/22
- CELEBRATION OF CLAY / 1-2-/10/22 / MEDIEVAL CASTLE / 16:00- 20:00
- WHERE DO THE OPEN DOORS INVITE YOU? / ART&SHOCK GALLERY, PAPHOS / ART EXHIBITION BY ARTISTS OF CYPRUS / 1-16/10/22
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