Apostolos Chantzaras develops his own visual world of bold lines, forms
and saturated colors, drawing infuences from Greek folk shadow
theater, ancient Greek sculptures and Byzantine iconography. A rich
legacy of symbols related to Greece, the sun, the islands, the sea and its
fish, the cross, the bathers, all come together in a unique, perceptible
artistic amalgam empowered by strong colors and intense movement.
Yet the outcome is not verbose. Chantzaras succeeds in transforming it
and making it something of his own.
He was born in Agrinio-Greece in 1977. From early childhood, he studied
and worked in the atelier of Byzantine Painting beside his father,
He studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts under Professor
Chronis Botsoglou. He also studied fresco and photography in the
Athens School of Fine Arts. He was nominated for the IKY scholarship in
2000-2003. In 2004-2005 he studied in Université Paris 8 in Paris. In
2008 he painted for the Greek Post (ELTA) the special stamp series
“Greek Traditional Products”. In 2011 he designed the cover for the novel
“Glass Industry” by Menis Koumantareas, which was published by Vima
newspaper, and the cover for the novel “Imaginary Adventure” by
Alexandros Kotzias, which was published by Kedros publishing
company. In 2013 he designed the cover for the novel: “Olga or nothing”
by Lito Pitiris, which was published by Kedros publishing company.
He has participated in several personal and group exhibitions in Greece
and abroad. He lives and works in Athens and London. His paintings are
part of private collections.