Giorgos Staikos has entered into various artistic fields: conceiving and performing mural paintings in bars, cafes, clubs and other venues; painting and constructing scenes for Greek theater companies; setting up constructions, sculptures and installations for advertising companies; painting the interiors of Christian orthodox churches (hagiographie) and several portable icons upon request of churches or individual clients; painting portraits under commission and teaching drawing, painting and icon painting for the last 12 years.He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Giorgos Staikos is an artist, who illustrates his thought through a sequence of drawings and paintings, which may eventually evolve into an installation. Ηis theme is mainly about ways and situations people use to malignantly manipulate nature and mankind using arrogant manners and abusive tactics. Furthermore, he uses headings, ironically interpreting them and visually transforming them into images.
The aesthetic wording of his work involves mainly black and white. The expression of ideas is therefore terse and direct, leaving no place to the superfluous. Light is shed on the symbolic meaning and the tragic aspect of choices, showing how short insight and self-centered perception lead to malicious exploitation of nature and people.
Art-logical, emotional, mysterious- is involved in all aspects of my life.
Without being bounded by such a purpose, art serves me as a tool to analyze and broaden my perception.
I usually work by making random sketches and drawings.
At times, some of them start to form one or at least one meaning, that I just try to follow and see where it leads me . That‘s why I usually work on series, some of which eventually evolve into installations. When that happens, I consider it is a successful outcome, because the initial idea was strong enough to lead me there and able to express itself more fully.
Installations have that power because they involve space and create a bi-directional relationship between artwork and reality, stating that reality can be a conjecture as well as the artwork, which is extremely important to me.
We can be absolutely sure of nothing.
We never stop learning. The more confident we are about something, the more we risk pretending even to ourselves-that we know something. The more it adds to our knowledge, the more we realize that we have to rearrange or reject cognitive systems or structures that once we considered important.
As for a belief there is a multitude of assumptions to support it, similarly in Art, we try by using small fragments of lies to construct a truth.
In the end we can only conjecture conjectures safely.
Giorgos Staikos artist
Date of birth: 05.08.1972
2021 Art Stalker, Berlin/GER. Co organization, curation and participation in the multimedia group-exhibition
"Threads of freedom" by "Téchne" Art-team
2020 Illuseum Berlin, Berlin/GER. Group Exhibition "Missing Nature" with "Téchne" Art-team
2018 Gallery Made in Wedding, Berlin/GER. Solo Exhibition "Vestiges"
2018 Interkulturelles Zentrum, Genezareth, Berlin/GER. Participation with icon paintings at the multicultural event Griechisch im Kiez
2017 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Thessaloniki/GR. Graduated with Master of Fine and Applied Arts
2016 - present Greek - Orthodox Church Christi Himmelfahrt , Berlin/GER. Workshop: Teaching icon-painting to adults
2013 - present Greek - Orthodox Church Christi Himmelfahrt , Berlin/GER. Painter, detailed icon paintings
2011 - 2012 University Summer Camp, Halkidiki/GR. Teaching Painting-, Drawing- and Construction Techniques to children age 5-12
2009 - 2013 Oxygen Advertising Company, Thessaloniki/GR. Freelancer, Conceptualizing and constructing installations for advertising and promotion campaigns, and special interest events
04/2013 The Mall, Athens/GR. Installations “Characterized Easter eggs” in the center of the shopping mall for Easter decoration
02/2013 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Different Installation “Rapunzel” & “The Fairy's House” in the
center of the shopping mall for Disney Promotion Campaign
12/2012 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Installation “Piano Playground” in the center of the shopping mall and
around, for Christmas decoration
07/2011 Bravo Coffee, Thessaloniki/GR. Installation “Cup & Saucer” (height: 3.20 m) for Advertising Campaign Event
02/2011 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Different Installations (“Masks”) in the center of the shopping mall and
around, for Carnival decoration.
12/2010 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Different Installations (“Christmas tree”, “Nutcracker”, “Stars and
Moon” “Santa’s Workshop”) in the center of the shopping mall and around, for Christmas decoration
07/2010 Pyramis Kitchen Inspirations, Thessaloniki/GR. Installation “Fry Pan” (size: 5 m x 2.50 m) for Advertising
12/2009 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Installation “Pomegranate” for Nutrition Advertising Campaign
04/2009 & 2011 Mediterranean Cosmos, Thessaloniki/GR. Different Installations (“Origami”, “Easter egg”. Flower garden”, “Flower
cage”, “Butterflies”) in the center of the shopping mall for Easter decoration
2007 - 2011 State Theater Northern Greece, Thessaloniki/GR. Freelancer, General stage decor preparation / construction for theater plays
2007 - 2012 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki/GR. Studies at the department of Fine and Applied Arts
2008 - 2011 Church Assumption of Mary, Nea Peramos/GR. Painter, detailed icon wall painting works throughout the entire church
2010 Theater Egnatia,Thessaloniki/GR. Stage decor preparation for the play “The Piper of Hamelin”
2009 Theater Aristoteleion, Thessaloniki/GR. Stage decor preparation for the play “Just between us”
2008 Nordeco Interior Design Agency, Thessaloniki/GR. Assistant of head interior designer Antonis Morfidis, Conceptualizing and constructing installations for Bar-Cafes and Venues.
2008 Church Assumption of Mary, Orestiada/GR. Painter, detailed icon wall painting works throughout the entire church
2005- 2007 Church Saint Athanasios, Orestiada/GR. Painter, detailed icon wall painting works throughout the entire church .
2006 Church Saint George, Neas Vyzzas/GR. Painter, detailed icon wall painting works.
2005 Theater Egnatia, Thessaloniki/GR. Stage decor preparation for the play “Die another day”.
2005 Church Prophet Ilias, Sterna/GR. Painter, detailed icon wall painting works throughout the entire Church.
1998-2000 Art and Color Shop, Orestiada/GR. preparation Directing Manager and owner. Purchasing and selling pieces of art, accessories, art tools and materials.
1991 - 2013 Multiple freelancer employments for Bars, Cafes, Clubs and other Venues: Orestiada, Evros - Area, Athens, Thessaloniki, Santorini, Ios /GR. Detailed interior design works, e.g. Paintings, installations and constructions for e.g. Tithora Clubs in Athens and Santorini, Café Rave Orestiada, Naos Club Athens.