Panayiotis Tetsis and his Cypriot students
The Michael & Loukia Zampelas Art Museum presents the upcoming periodical exhibition dedicated to the great academician Panayiotis Tetsis, which will be opened under the auspices of His Excellency the Ambassador of Greece in Cyprus, Mr. Ilias Fotopoulos. From the 8 to 31 March 2017, the work of sixteen of his Cypriot students will be exhibited at the Museum, honoring their «mentor» a year after his death. Featuring artists are Yiannis Yiannakides, Aristotelis Demetriou, Annie Erotocritou, Yiota Ioannidou, Marlen Karletidou, Argyris Constantinou, Andreas Nicolaou, Lefteris Olympios, Phaedra Pallari, Andreas Paraskevas, Paris Sivakas, Panayiotis Sideras, Elena Tsangara, Panikos Tsangaras, Chrysanthi Pharmaka, Maria Hadjinicola.
Tetsis preferred to be introduced as the «artist carrying brushes and colours». He created with the landscape of his birthplace as his source of inspiration, the rocks and sea of Hydra, and the pine trees of his beloved Sifnos. An important aspect of his work was also influenced by the people that surrounded him. He tried to maintain a freshness to his landscapes by diluting his colours which he handled with incredible dexterity and conversely painted with intimacy when depicting the faces of his close friends and loved ones.
Master in the art of oil paint and leading water colourist, as well as engraver, with his trained eye, he could convey light and colour – two contradictory elements, as he himself believed that the intensity of the light in Greece would fade colour out – with the same capability that he had of enhancing beauty wherever he came across it.
A perfect example of one of his oil paintings, titled Bypassing the Tselevinia, will be shown in the exhibition alongside the work of his former students. The particular artwork, apart from its aesthetic notability, expresses one of the main characteristics of the artist’s person, his generosity. The Zampelas family honoured Tetsis by having his work exhibited for the opening of the newly founded Museum in 2012, using the entire space to present the monumental work of the artist. As a sign of appreciation, he gave the artwork mentioned above to the Museum, where it is on permanent display.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7pm by His Excellency the Ambassador of Greece in Cyprus, Mr Ilias Fotopoulos and will be introduced by a very important personality to both Tetsis and his students, Mrs Mary Samara. The woman who posed for 50 years as a nude model at the art academy and thereby worked amongst legends of contemporary Greek art.
Opening | Wednesday, 8 March 2017 at 7pm
The exhibition will run until March 31, 2017.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-13:00 & 15:00-18:00
Wednesday: 10:00-13:00 & 15:00-19:00
Sunday & Monday: closed
Note: While every care has been taken to ensure the information provided is accurate, we advise you to check with the event organisers before travelling to confirm the details are correct.