Human Conditions by Spyros Prokopiou
April 1 to May 27, 2023
April 1th (Sat）5:00-8:00pm
Spyros Prokopiou’s art is a diverse and intricate expression of the human experience that conveys our emotions. One of the most common themes in his work is eroticism, which is often misunderstood as sexual. Eroticism is the acceptance of the body, celebrating its beauty, deformity, and imperfections. It equally indicates exploring the duality of an individual’s personality, the chaos of life, and the concept of death. It’s orgasmic in nature, as it creates an aesthetic lure to evoke sentiment. Spyros’ works depict personal struggles endured, which connects with an emerging new subgenre of Conceptual Realism. The works presented utilize pencil to represent romance and charcoal to portray dominance, which reflects the complexities of modern life through the smokey textures. Each line is meant for mapping the body and allows a sensual declaration of the human form.
This art is the destruction of perfection on canvas. Prokopiou’s pieces are not limited by gender or sexual orientation, making it a powerful statement for his self-expression. The remaining fragment of memory is illustrated, highlighting the impermanence of our existence. The influential voice in his art celebrates our identity and explores issues faced in life. His conceptual realism is a form of art that combines abstract and reality, challenging each viewer to see beyond the surface.
Born 1990 in Nicosia, Cyprus, Spyros Prokopiou currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In 2016, he graduated with honors from the Fine Arts School of Aristotle University with a BFA in painting. In 2019 he gained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in Drawing and Printmaking. Now, he primarily works with pencil and charcoal, incorporating some acrylics. He is the first Cypriot graduate from the Academy and he was granted the Presidential scholarship. Spyros has also participated in various exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Mexico, and the USA, being awarded numerous international awards.
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ART – A New powerful way to change the world.
The first gallery in Los Angeles dedicated to the works of Japanese artists
How many Japanese artists do you know? Ken Watanabe, Takashi Murakami or perhaps, Steve Aoki. But of these three, Takashi Murakami is the only contemporary artist. Ken is an actor, and Steve is a son of the famous steakhouse owner who became a popular DJ.and more…
I opened the Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles in May 2019. My love for art knows no bounds, held many art events on my own as a collector, from shows where Chef Watson (AI) competes with artists to museum exhibitions that exclusively featured exotic rare plants from around the world. These are more than art exhibitions; they take people by surprise and joy, showing significance of art events to those who weren’t so interested.
I’m constantly thinking about unique ways to curate art events; hence, I established the Speedy Gallery to introduce artists that are recognized in Japan yet have potential to be celebrated worldwide.
Branding Through Art
I wouldn’t call myself an art producer. I’ve spent many years in corporate brand consulting for Asian clients from Japan to China. Now, I’m planning to brand Japanese art globally through this gallery.
It was easy for companies to build a brand in the past. Before internet, television and magazines were the main media of 20th century. More you invest on marketing and advertisement, more exposure you had. But the rise of multimedia and social media changed the game. Building awareness of the product and services are not enough. Today, it’s about sharing. Sharing the information, users’ benefits, and the experiences with others through media. Companies have expanded beyond television and internet, creating actual spaces where people can directly interact to share the experiences. Many successful brands create these interactive spaces, share the experience through social media and get the people to love their brand. I believe that Speedy Gallery will be beneficial to the people of Los Angeles and the community at large.
Connecting with Society Through Art
Of course, Speedy Gallery will sell amazing artworks like other galleries, and all proceeds will be donated to charities. But it’s more than that. Speedy Gallery is a community space for every art lover and for those who wants to make changes in the world.
Through my career, I have obtained deep understanding of the internet businesses and how the digital natives think. They understand that internet allows people to explore the unknown corners of the societies. They utilized the power of social network to change the society. Take Ice Bucket Challenge, for example, it helped raise awareness of ALS, the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong, Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism and more.
Please come visit Speedy Gallery to enjoy the art and make change in the world.
Born in Osaka, 1965. Graduated from the Art Department of Nihon University
Founder of Sony Digital Entertainment Inc.
Yokohama College of Art - Visiting Professor
K.I.T. Graduate School - Visiting Professor
Other than consultancy, our activities are wide and far-reaching, from acting as talent agent for the actress "NON", management of an art gallery in Los Angeles, event planning and casting business in Beijing, business development utilizing blockchain from Estonia, hosting "AI Salon" for corporate clients, and development of resorts and high tech agriculture in Okinawa and more.
Also drew attention for intorducing the "American-type Talent Agency Contracts" with affiliated artists, which was new to Japan's entertainment industry.
In 1998, as the Vice President of Sony Pictures Entertainment, he was involved in founding the satellite broadcasting network "Animax", "AXN", and more.
Cartier Award “Change Maker of the Year” (2016)
Warner Brothers’ Award “Best Marketer of the Year” (3 consecutive years 2010 – 2012)
Selected as one of “21st Century’s 51 Key IT People” by Nikkei (2001)
Agency for Cultural Affairs: appointed as “Content Researcher”
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “Information Age of Discovery” member
Ministry of International Affairs and Communication: “Media ＆ Software Study Group” member
“Breezing Thru DX” (Koryosha Books)
“Ready for the Paradigm Shift?: Creative Minds Post Corona” (Speedy Books)
“You Are Not Thinking to Profit from Social Media, Are You?” (Shogakan)
“This is OK as a 14 Year Old!” (Kodansha)
“Vox Pop is a Lie” (Satemaga Books)
Speedy, Inc. - President
Speedy Property Management Inc. - President
Speedy Gallery Inc. (CA, U.S.) - President
Speedy Euro OÜ - President
Speedy China - Director
Koryosha Inc. - Director
- Representative Director of The Association of Achantemama
- Representative Director of Non Profit Organization Sosaigigi
- Auditor of Fathering Japan Auditor
- Co-founder of Tiger Mask Foundation
Company: Speedy, Inc.
Established: September 7th, 2017
Address: 7-7-7 8F Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Company Details: Worldwide entertainment group with offices all over the world in locations such as Japan, North America, China, and Estonia.
Handles a wide range such as brand consulting, talent agency, art gallery management, publishing, online live streaming, and VR public viewing.