Angelos Papadimitriou (b. 1952) is an exuberant personality and a subversive artist. A striking blend of artistic aspects compose his unconventional yet authentic artistic career. He shakes up the 80’s when he first shows his porcelain art. His work depict allegorical compositions, sometimes nostalgic, unpredictable, full οf mythological references, Theseus and the Minotaur, Apollo and Daphne, opera singers, Chinese dragons. Different cultures and ages meet in his work composing this multicultural mosaic. Although in the beginning art critics voiced their criticism of the superficiality and degeneracy of Papadimitriou’s art, describing him as the “Pope of kitsch”, he insisted to create jocular, florid and graceful art pieces.
His sculptures, a jumble of banal and rococo aesthetics, this ornamental despair, conveys in a delicate way Papadimitriou’s memory and nostalgia, a self-expression by the artist in a way that self-relatism becomes familiar to the viewer. Always ahead of his time, Angelos Papadimitriou managed to stand out with his originality occupying a unique position in the Greek art scene and influencing greatly a younger generation of artists. His extravagant personality has been reflected through his artistic career as a sculptor, painter, singer and actor. By participating vigorously in the arts all these years, as a multifaceted artist, Papadimitriou vindicates the notion of “Renaissance man”.
His restless impulse to get involved in the arts, limited only by his unique authenticity, established him as a preeminent artist. In 2010 he achieved acclaim from the International Association of Art Critics for his exhibition «Angelos P. -Giannoulis H. »,2008. Angelos Papadimitriou has participated as an actor in many theatrical productions many of which were held at the Greek National Theatre and has performed as a singer in the Athens Concert Hall. He has presented his work in major exhibitions, including the XVL Venice Biennal (Apperto 1993) and the 2nd Athens Biennial, Heaven (How many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of a Pin, curated by Christofer Marinos in 2009). His works are included in public and private collections, among which are National Gallery of Greece, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Deste Foundation and Dimitris Daskalopoulos Collection. text by Elisavet Stamou