Stelios Karamanolis paintings are covered in symbols and anthropological references. Embedded amidst the weaves of his raw canvases are pictographic elements from the sieve of history; 1960’s comics, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chicago imagism, and Greek folk art ultimately collude by accident and will. Amalgamated into the surreal these are the subterranean entities that exist in the psyche of us all, just beneath the surface of the waking day. The rules of engagement are thus: aesthetic and technical approach are not related, philosophical thoughts become the articulations of process and time. Platonic metaphysics take a back seat in the pulsating accumulation of lines and shapes. These are the landscapes of an idea that demands to exist, a murmur from the unseen world. Therein lies an unbroken stream from remote antiquity to our contemporary dilemma with truth and reality.
Stelios Karamanolis (b. 1977 Athens) is based between Berlin and Athens. He is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Art and the Hildesheim University in Germany. Recent shows include: Parallel Double, The Breeder Playroom, Self-Hypnosis, with Panos Papadopoulos, Kunstbüro, Vienna; An artist without a concept is like a traveler without a road map at Kunstraum am Schauplatz, Vienna; Instructions for Happiness, Curated by Severin Dünser, Olympia Tzortzi, Athens; »Idiopolis« Dialectics between subject and society / Edition 2, State of Concept, curated by Stephan Klee. Athens; Chez eux: unseen Collections, CirCuits & Currents, curated by Stamatia Dimitrakopoulos, Athens ; The same sky, Lepsien Art Foundation, Dusseldorf; Painting Today, Vogiatzoglou Collection, Athens; In The Studio, Kunsthalle Athena, curated by Daily Lazy Projects, Remap4, Athens; Lustlands Vol.II on The Great Eastern (after Andreas Embiricos), curated by Nadja Argyropoulou and Lakis & Aris Ionas / The Callas, Thermisia Argolidas Peloponnese; Hope – Kibu – in Japan, Nerima art museum , Tokyo Japan