Born in 1962 in Halkida, Greece, Kostas Michalos belongs to a generation
of Greek contemporary artists, where personal expression prevails over
stylistic considerations. His art can be described as more empirical than
following strict rules or obsessively adhering to technical processes.
Through his painting he expresses his own psychological drives,
as well as reflections on philosophical, spiritual and social concepts.
His art is deeply self-referencing even in its most abstract form, although
traces of human presence are evident in all of his works, either in the
form of purely abstract markings or as symbolic juxtaposition of imagery.
According to Klee’s statement: Art does not reproduce the visible; rather,
it makes visible; Michalos’ painting constitutes an intrusive gaze into
his private obsessions, where by retracing them, they transform into images;
these images are then processed and formed into signs or symbols, according
to the concepts the artist is already preoccupied with.
In that way he seems to be balancing between expressionism and conceptualism
by creating his own vocabulary.
His spaces are mostly transparent with soft color brushings and tones, which
are then activated by the dynamic expressionistic forms, prevailing in the
centre of the painting; and through this struggle of colors and shapes
various relationships emerge; relationships which can be variously
interpreted, imparting character to the artwork.
The caged figures of the artist represent modern man’s entrapment on a
psychological as well as on a social and cultural level. In parallel,
references are made on the age-old problems of existence as these have
been expressed by ancient Greek tragedians and philosophers.
1987-1992 ATHENS SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
2016 ‘’Μεταμόρφωσις: Beyond Shapes’’ ArtMoorHouse, London,UK
2016 Art – Athina, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens
2015 GALLERY UNDERFLOW, ATHENS
2015 GALLERY MALOU-ART, ATHENS
2014 GALLERY TITANIUM, ATHENS
2014 ART GALLERY OF YDRA, GREECE
2014 GALLERY TITANIUM, ATHENS. THEMED EL GRECO
2005 ART GALLERY OF HALKIS, GREECE
2003 ART GALLERY OF HANIA, GREECE
2000 GALLERY OF KARUSTOS, GREECE
1996 HIGH SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, ATHENS
1996 CENTRAL LIBRARY OF HALKIDA, GREECE
1996 HALKIDA TOWN HALL, GREECE
1994 NATIONAL GALLERY OF ATHENS
1997 – 2002 Participation in ”MELINA” program – EDUCATION AND CULTURE of MINISTRY OF CULTURE.
Is a member of many European Art Forums and he has given lectures on Art Education in many Greek cities.
He has organized and directed numerous art workshops in Greece.