Lives and works: Athens, Greece
Vassilis Karakatsanis lives and works in Athens. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo exhibitions in Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Indonesia, Ecuador, Turkey, Denmark and Germany.
His thematic choices and his personal artistic vocabulary are informed by his experience and observation of the surrounding world. He organizes his exhibitions by using a theatrical attitude: he transforms the mundane every day objects into structural elements of his work. He uses a clean and rich color palette and vivid contrasts. He creates installations by using elements from the existing three dimensional spaces and by transforming them into art forms. He researches with sensitivity the limits between reality and illusion.
Medium: Oil Paint, Gouache, Acrylic on Canvas
Selected Permanent Collections
Vassilis Karakatsanis's artworks are held in numerous museums, private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Vassilis Karakatsanis artworks have been showcased numerous times at international Art Fairs with the most recent being the Art Athina in 2016.
Athens Graduate School of Fine Arts,
Painting, Stage Design and Book Art with
Scholarship by the IKY,
Greek State Scholarship Foundation
San Jorge-Universidad de Barcelona,
Graduate School of Fine Arts,
Painting & Art Theory, with
Scholarship by the Spanish Government
Centro Europeo di Venezia,
Maintenance of Architectural Monuments, with
Scholarship by the European Council
Participated in more than 89 solo exhibitions.
Participated in more than 30 group exhibitions around the world.
ARTWORKS AVAILABLE for SALE by VASSILIS KARAKATSANIS
RECENT SHOWS of KARAKATSANIS VASILIS
Title: 3 Sections 2011-2016
Greek artist, Vassilis Karakatsanis presented his latest solo exhibition at Alma Contemporary Art Gallery, in Greece on 7th of October 2016. The exhibition is titled “3 sections 2011-2016” and is a visual retrospective of the artist's work from the last five years. The exhibition is organised in three sections presenting his series ‘Urban Details’ - 2011/13, ‘Roma’s Urban Tools’-2014, and ‘Carpets’-2015/16.
In his series 'Urban Details' he puts emphasis on an artistic tradition that is winking at pop art and refers to the aesthetics of advertising, lifestyle and the superficial, frivolous survival of a specific social class.
For series 'Roma's Urban Tools', functional objects, such as furniture, cars etc, depending on the quality, the aesthetics and their value, are the “tools” that determine and trace the need that most of us have for an urban identity.
'Carpets 2' is his latest series presenting the family of Abd Al Aziz which, having Beirut as their base and being active in various cities (especially in the Mediterranean), trades ‘magic’ carpets to people who have the courage to travel on them, living out either the illusion or the reality. The members of the family are dispersed in various cities, thus maintaining the independence of their personal lives, each one influencing the buyers, with their dynamics or by employing other ways, those of seduction or magic.
Title: CARPETS 2
Vassilis Karakatsanis presents the “odd” family Abd Al Aziz which, having Beirut as its seat and being active in various cities (especially in the Mediterranean), trades ‘magic’ carpets to people who have the courage to travel on them, living out either the illusion or the reality. The members of the family are dispersed in various cities, thus maintaining the independence of their personal lives, each one influencing the buyers, with their dynamics or by employing other ways, those of seduction or magic. The profits are equally handled for all the members of the family by a firm based in Geneva.
After 25 years, Karakatsanis comes back with a topic he has been preoccupied with in the past, but with a different motive. In 1991 in Galerie Titanium Vassilis Karakatsanis in co-operation with Maya Tsoclis presented ‘Carpets 1’.Works of art of great dimensions which, with carpets as their main theme, approached the application of his printed works of art on fabric and the creation of women’s clothes by Tsoclis in a discursive exhibition, at the gallery.
His artistic approach today is nothing other but the ‘horizontal cross-section’ of the majority of his approaches, all the years of his work, with its final ‘key’ being the fabric, a material which prevailed in his artistic endeavour, most prominently as an element of the surrounding space but also with an evident ‘experiential relationship’. [*TA NEA, Athens, Charis Kambouridis]