Kostas Charalabidis (1946 - )

Kostas CharalabidisKostas Charalabidis was born in 1946, at the city of Katerini at the county of Pieria. From 1971 until 1976, he studied painting at the Paris National School of Fine Arts (Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris). After the completion of his studies, he stayed permanently in France. While he successfully worked as a painter, his desire to learn more about art led him to continue his studies. He attended seminars at the workshop of the Museum of Louvre, the gravure department of the Seville School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux Arts à Chaville), the linotype and silk-screen printing department of Neilly S/ Marne and of the Cultural Centre of Salv. Allende, as well as the lithography department of Neilly-sur-Marne. Since 1975, his work has been repeatedly presented in exhibitions in France and Greece; some of them are part of permanent collections of museums and private galleries in both countries. In 1985, the Institute of the Paris Academy (Paris Institut Académique) honoured him with the first prize La Main d’ Or and in 1998, he was honoured with the first prize Bordeaux of the 5th International Exhibition – France-Greece-Turkey, in Saint-Loubès.

The work In Honour of the Famous Greek Poet G. Seferis (1989) of Kostas Charalabidis, like most of his works, is painted with the ‘trompe-l’ oeil’ technique, a French term that signifies the art of illusion. This technique requires the artist to maximise his skills and drawing capabilities in order to create the illusion. It is supposed to make the viewer believe that what he sees is the actual object and not its two-dimension representation. Many important painters, of all times, used this technique to surprise their viewers by ‘deceiving’ them, as well as to express their sense of humour. Art works with this technique exist from Greek Antiquity and the Renaissance until contemporary times used mainly from Surrealists, but also from many other modern artists. Kostas Charalabidis seems to have expressed himself through this artistic form, and as he said about his art: “With ‘trompe-l’ oeil’ I strive in my works to deceive the viewers, to make them believe that what they see is real. At the same time, I want to convey various messages, to present reality and express through the media (newspapers, magazines), the objects etc. what I feel, see, hear and believe”.