Μanolis Anastasakos is a Greek artist. He was born in Athens in 1977.  He completed his studies in applied arts, fine arts, visual psychotherapy and directing through various state scholarships and participations in European programs. Through his participation in numerous workshops, both in Greece and abroad, he gained an insight into the techniques of glassmaking and woodcarving. He also studied photography, scenography and iconography.  He represented Greece in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe, Asia and the United States, where he received international acclaim and awards.

 

He works across a wide range of disciplines such as painting, sculpture, illustration, engraving, directing, scenography, art curation. He is the director of the art department of the “ Biomimicry Greece, Research & Ιnnovation Center” and a member of the visual arts institution “A.Tassos”.  He has worked in film and in theatre, in publishing houses and in the TV industry. One of the highlights of his career was working in the department of sculpture, painting and scenography in the 28th closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens (2004). His work is included in contemporary art museums collections in Greece and abroad, as well as in important private collections.

 

Anastasakos is interested in street art, in terms of wall murals and art installations. Several monumental works of his have been displayed in public spaces, through European programs. His work has been presented internationally in press publications, newspaper covers, documentaries, interviews and film productions. One of the main concerns of the artist is why people tend to confuse security with happiness and in which way art can reshape the viewers’ spiritual configuration, depending on their sense of aesthetics and critical thought. The artist claims he has not yet found an answer to this question, but he surely enjoys the pursuit of it.

 

 

Awards :

 2010       Artslant . Category: mixed-media. 3rd Showcase Winner.  (San Francisco / USA)

2008       2nd intercontinental Bienalle of small graphics. 5th award ( Aiud / Roumania)

 2006       Photographica Art “Arte Laguna”, 1st award   (Treviso / Italy)

 2005       Voice your ideas-Change the future, 1st award in billboard art. (Athens/Greece)

National Scholarships :

200220032005- 2006 . (Foundation of National Scholarships/Greece)

-Personal Exhibitions:

2008      minimax.  Gallery  Fizz. (Athens / Greece )

2009      minimax max. Gallery Artforum. (Thessaloniki / Greece )

2011      personhood, Gallery  Fizz. (Athens / Greece )

2015      personhood II, Hush gallery , (Istanbul / Turkey)

2016      cosmos , Blender gallery , (Athens / Greece )

Selected Team Exhibitions:

1999      Painting, Sculpture, Multimedia , Melina Mercouri culture center (Athnes / Greece)

2000        Painting, Sculpture, Multimedia .Lithographic Establishment of Piraeus Street (Piraeus / Greece)

2003      Antiwar. Museum of Byzantine Musical Instruments (Thessaloniki / Greece)

10th International Meeting of New Artists. Ministry of Culture (Didimoticho / Greece)

3rd Piraeus Festival. 200 new artists. (Piraeus / Greece )

2004      The olive tree in Greek engraving. Engraving Museum. (Messini / Greece)

Paraolympic games .War Museum (Thessalonica / Greece)

Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 28th Olympic games,sculpting & painting workshops. (Athens / Greece)

Art is in your doorstep! Program sponsored by EEC. Painting & sculpting. (Denizli-Turkey)

2005      International art school – Transition-no,it is’n artwith Emir Kusturica (Mokra Gora / Serbia)

Young Artists In Teloglion Museum (Thessaloniki / Greece)

EX LIBRIS, 2nd Engraving Trienalle. (Lefkada / Greece)

Contemporary Greek artists . Αrchaeological museum, (Thessaloniki / Greece)

Voice your ideas-Change the future.1st price -Category Billboards . Gallery Bios (Greece / Athens)

2006      Synergeia. State Museum of contemporary art. (Thessaloniki/Greece )  

Art in the front page. Benaki Museum (Athens / Greece)

Inter art.International Biennale of small Graphics. (Auid / Romania)

ΕU logo competition (Berlin / Germany)

3rd international drawing competition.(Wroclaw / Poland)

Art Festival (Novisad / Serbia)

Terminal 00,  (Ljubljana /  Slovenia)

2007      18th  international biennale of humor & satire. (Gabrovo / Bulgaria)

The civilization of the olive tree. Byzantine Museum.(Athens / Greece)

Athens video art festival. (Athens / Greece)

Printmaking exhibition.Five European Universities ( Talin / Estonia)

2nd International competition of figurative painting and sculpture. (Madrid/Spain)

European Photo competition for Diversity-Breaking Stereotypes (Berlin /Germany)

1st Biennale Thessalonikis. Public Screen.State museum of contemporary art (Greece)

LACDA,(SNAP TO GRID)Los Angeles Center of Digital Art, (LosAngeles/America)

International Photographica Art “Arte Laguna”Gallery  Avogadro, ( Treviso/Italy)

 2008   Art in the front page. Benaki Museum  (Athens / Greece)

2nd Biennial  of Small Graphics. 5th Distinction (Aiud/Romania)

1st mixed media show. What is White? Ada Street Gallery (London / England)

Synch Festival New Media.Greek State Museum of contemporary art (Thessalonica / Greece)

Festambiente. Taste 4art. Legambiente (Grosseto / Toscana / Italy)

Strange Screen.Macedonia Museum of contemporary art   (Thessalonica / Greece)

International photo contest –  My world.  (Nikon / Japan)

Art Tech Media. ( Cordoba / Spain)

10 years engraving, M.I.E.T. (Thessaloniki / Greece)

DigitalArt.LA L.A.C.D.A  Los Angeles

2009       31th international film festival. Media forum, (Moscow / Russia)

Museum Katraki. (Aitoliko / Greece)

Museum of Contemporary Art. (Florina / Greece )

Viva LA Art.  (Los Angeles / U.S.A)

Urban Art 2. Technopolis- Konstantinos Kavafis hall. (Athens / Greece)

2010      Art Athina Fair. (Athens / Greece)

Vernal Agreement. Technohoros Art Gallery. (Athens / Greece)

Coming soon. Fizz gallery. (Athens / Greece)

Holy art? Lola Nikolaou Gallery (Thessaloniki/Greece)

2011      Crosstalk video art festival . (Budapest / Hungary)

Perfection, utopia of woman . MOYA  museum  of young Art. (Vienna / Austria)

Urban Art III. Cultural center “Athinais”. (Athens / Greece)

Athens video art festival. Cultural center “Gazi”. (Athens / Greece)

Etsi. Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. (Athens / Greece)

2012      New engravers . Georgio De Chirico institute.  Volos / Greece

Horizons. Drawing, Sculpturing, Engraving. Municipal art gallery Piraeus. Piraeus / Greece

Greek exhibition of engraving, Famagusta gate of Nikosia / Cyprus

About FreedomTechnohoros gallery – Athens / Greece

Μuseo Νazionale Romano Terme di Diocleziano -Technohoros gallery, Rome / Italy

Salus Patriae. PLOES XVIII . P&M Kydoniefs Foundation , Andros / Greece

2013     Offering. National archaeological museum. Athens

Art Athina . Athens

13th Cavafia (invisible procession) . Cairo / Egypt

2014      No country for young man. Palais des Beaux-arts |Center of fine arts. Brussels/Βelgium

Arena. "Performative Resistance"  Center of Contemporary Art .Torun/Poland

2015      TedX : Beyond the walls : projection mapping on the Venetian Walls of Heraklion - Crete

Art-Fair-Hampstead. London

2016      Imago Mundi project , Luciano Benetton Collection, San Giorgio Maggiore /Venice

As One: Benaki Museum ,NEON&Marina Abramović Institute, (artistic collaborator for L.Pigounis) , Athens

Sacred Acquaintance : Bouziani Museum , Athens