The Breeder Monaco is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Stelios Faitakis.
Stelios Faitakis’ vision is a monumental one, reflecting the immensity of an eternal dystopian human condition. His figurative, anthropocentric paintings are political and social allegories, packed with visual information, multi-layered narratives and dense symbolism. Executed in the resuscitated and reinvented style of Byzantine iconography and cross-fertilised with a variety of other visual references, Faitakis’ works possess an unmistakable 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 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 Pavillion, curated by Katerina Gregos, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice (2011); “Art in the Streets”, MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curated by Jeffrey Deitch (2011); Wynwood Walls, Miami, curated by Jeffrey Deitch (2009); “Destroy Athens”, 1st Athens Biennial, Athens (2007).