Stelios Faitakis trained as a painter and was one of the pioneering figures in the street art movement that flourished in Athens since the mid-1990s. Faitakis’ figurative, anthropocentric paintings and murals (which are a veritable assault on the eye) are political and social allegories, packed with visual information, multi-layered narratives and dense symbolism. Executed in the resuscitated and reinvented style of icon painting, cross-fertilised with a variety of other visual references, and rendered in a characteristic palette of warm golds, vibrant hues of red, and a variety of ochres and earth tones, Faitakis’ works possess an unmistakeable visual character. This is particularly noteworthy at a time when ascertaining an artistic ‘signature’ is becoming increasingly difficult and more and more rare. Apart from the obvious influence of Byzantine (and particularly Cretan) icon painting, Faitakis’ work is informed – equally – by graffiti, urban culture and Mexican muralism (particularly Diego Riviera).
Stelios Faitakis was born in 1976 in Athens, Greece where he also lives and works. He is a graduate of the National School of Fine Arts, Athens, and was one of the pioneering figures in the street art movement that flourished in Athens since the mid-1990s. This fall Faitakis is presenting a site-specific public mural for the exhibition “How far is the horizon?” in Holbæk, Denmark. Faitakis has been commissioned to do in situ murals at Arsenale 2012, 1st Kiev Biennial curated by David Elliot, Kiev (2012); “Speech Matters”, Danish Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial curated by Katerina Gregos, Venice (2011); “Art in the Streets”, MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); Wynwood Walls, Miami (2009); “Destroy Athens”, 1st Athens Biennial, Athens (2007). In September 2013 The Breeder Monaco will host Stelios Faitakis solo exhibition.