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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