Odysseas Tosounidis: abstract perspective of nature and human form

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The abstract perspective of nature and all of its aspects is obvious in Tosounidis’ artworks. The artist is concerned with the concept of creation: light, birth, woman are some of his main themes.

Even when he decides to deal with the complex human form, he delivers it simplified, free of expressions but without falling short of movement and vitality. The sculptor’s slimline figures sometimes resemble Cycladic figurines and some other times the pure lines of Brancusi while the most abstract works of the sculptor adopt geometric forms that are hardly compatible with the kind, the heaviness and the plasticity of the materials used.  Tosounidis’ artworks manage to highlight the material in relation to their surroundings, thus giving them a symbolic meaning.

Ih his art, Tosounidis achieves the harmonic coexistence of material and spirit, of the marble’s inflexibility and the rhythm of the shapes he creates, of sensitivity and dynamism, providing his artworks with their very own distinctive character.

Odysseas Tosounidis was born in 1983 in Tbilisi, Georgia. He studied in the school of Fine Arts & Sculpting of Panormos on the Greek island of Tinos and he completed his studies at the National Academy of Fine Arts of Tbilisi. In addition, he has a Master in Sculpture from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Georgia and a member of Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece (SKETBE).

In 2009 he raised a monument which theme is “Athenian-Melian Dialogue”. This monument is located in Plaka of Milos island in the Aegean Sea. Another monument he constructed was the “Love- Park” in Ust-Kamenogorsk of Kazakhstan.

Education

2002- 2005 Tinos School of Fine Arts, Tinos Island, Greece.

2007-2011 National Academy of fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia.

2011-2013 Master in National Academy of fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia.

Group Exhibitions

2007 Eight young artists invited from the municipality of N.Ionia, Athens to exhibit their works at the Panetolio art space, N.Ionia Athens, Greece

2008 Exhibition of young visual artist, N.Ionian Association, N. Ionia Athens, Greece

2009 Exhibition “Piloti” ,N. Ionia Greece

2010 National Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia.

2010 “Visual Path” in Piraeus Bank Gallery Thessaloniki, Greece.

2010 Art gallery of the Macedonian Studies Society, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2010 “Art Articulation” Vafopoulion Intellectual Center, Thessaloniki Greece.

2011 Miniature Exhibition in the Vlassis art gallery, Thessaloniki Greece.

2011 Exhibition and competition “My Art” in TBC bank’s gallery, Tbilisi, Georgia.

2012 Spring Art Festival, Georgian International Creative Uniot of Artist, gallery “Muza”, Tbilisi Georgia.

2014 Greek Marble Initiative Exhibition, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2015 Greek Marble Initiative Exhibition, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece.

2016 Blind Pilot Project at the Port of Thessaloniki Greece.

2017 Exhibition ”Drama Art Walk 2017” Melina Gallery, Drama Greece.

2017 Art exhibition for Alzheimer’s Disease and Congenital Disorders at the Art Gallery of the Society for Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki     Greece.

Solo Exhibitions / Installations

2014 Myro Gallery/VITRINA, “Mnimes” (Memories) installation, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015 Solo Exhibition, Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015 Solo Exhibition, Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki Art Space, Thessaloniki, Greece

Sculptures

2009 Monument dedicated to the History of the island, Milos Greece

2010 Sculpture in the Park Museum, in Aiani Greece.

2011 Monument for the “park of love” Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

2013 Memorial Statue for Pontian Greeks, Tbilisi, Georgia.

2014 Memorial dedicated to Pontian Genocide, Drama Greece.

2016 Memorial dedicated to Pontian Genocide, Nicosia  Cyprus

2017 Memorial dedicated to Pontian Genocide, Drama Greece

Symposiums

2010 2nd International Sculpture Symposium with Granite, Ust- Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

2010 3rd Marble Sculpture Symposium ‘Aiani’ Kozani, Greece

2011 International Sculpture Symposium in Thessaloniki, Greece.

2011 3rd International Sculpture Symposium with Granite, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan.

2012 2nd International Sculpture Symposium in Thessaloniki, Greece.

2012 1st International Spirit of Balkan’s Stone Sculpture Symposium, Turkey

2013 1st Greek Marble Initiative, Sculpture Symposium, Thessaloniki, Greece

2014 2nd Greek Marble Initiative, Sculpture Symposium, Thessaloniki, Greece

2015 Marble Sculpture Symposium in Polygyros Chalkidiki, Greece

2015 18th International Symposium of stone Sculpture Udine, Italy

2015 Fyz-Art Center International Design Days Open –Air Stone Sculpture Symposium Darica, Turkey

2015 7th International Sculpture Symposium, Tehran, Iran

2015 6th International Sculpture Symposium Ankara, Turkey

2016 8th International Sculpture Symposium Heraklion, Greece

2016 3rd International Sculpture Symposium Tabriz, Iran

2016 2nd International Sculpture Symposium Tekirdag, Turkey

2017 1st International Sculpture Symposium Estonia

2018 1st International Sculpture Symposium Aiud, Romania

Prizes & Awards

2011 The first place in 3rd International Sculpture Symposium with Granite, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

2017 The first place in 1st International Sculpture Symposium in Estonia

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