Three exhibitions are set to open next week that flirt with our imagination and inspire us to see the world through different eyes.
The first exhibition of the week is the solo exhibition Skin or Gold by Con-stantinos Ptochopoulos at Opus 39 Gallery in Nicosia starting on Monday. Within this exhibition, Ptochopoulos narrates stories of different people. In some works the faces look both familiar and distant and are illustrated in private settings. Even though these faces, and bodies in some cases, are covered in gold the figures are incredibly human. Ptochopoulos does not use gold to conceal but to reveal the depths of psychological landscapes.
In every piece of work, we are faced with a fellow human being who feels joy, sorrow or anxiety and looks for hope in an undefined source. With Midas’ touch – the mythical king who turned everything he touched to gold – Ptochopoulos asks us to consider what is more important in life, gold and what it stands for or the individual as a person? With his art the painter gives us his own answer, that is that gold is an outer layer and a material of vanity, while true wealth lies in every person.
Ptochopoulos, from Larnaca, studied art at the Aristotelion University of Sa-lonica. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions and earlier this year he was awarded the First Found Award at the Art Olympia 2017 International.
The second exhibition is the second solo exhibition of cartoonist George Mi-tides at Gloria Gallery in Nicosia as of Tuesday.
Talking about his paintings, the artist said “I took an artistic tour of cartoon and after a few years I turned to my first love, painting. I discovered that your first love is everlasting and that it can never be forgotten.”
Mitides goes on to say that he discovered his personal style while sketching. Drawing simple lines allowed him to express himself freely.
The artist mainly paints women in his paintings. He said “I started painting female figures and from there I just started to add elements. I do not know where this journey will take me but I do know that I am fascinated with it.”
For the third exhibition we turn to Paphos where the group exhibition In Search of Common Myth will run at the Paphos Municipal Gallery as of Wednesday. The eight artists to exhibit their work, from Cyprus and the Netherlands, are involved in the first part of a two-year international ex-change project between Paphos and Leeuwarden. These artists have creat-ed unique works through their research in historical and modern Paphos and contacts with its local residents.
The exhibition will display the results of this project, which will celebrate the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 and Leeuwarden 2018. Each artist created two works regarding the city of Paphos.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the ambassador of the Netherlands Nathalie Jaarsma.
Skin or Gold
Solo exhibition by Constantinos Ptochopoulos. Opens December 4 at 7.30pm until December 16. Opus 39 Gallery, 21 Kimonos Street, Nicosia. Monday: 5pm-8pm. Tuesday-Friday: 10.30am-12.30pm and 5pm-8pm. Tel: 22-424983
Solo exhibition by Giorgos Mitidis. Opens December 5 at 7.30pm until De-cember 17. Gallery Gloria, 3 Zinonos Sozou Street, Nicosia. Monday-Friday: 10.30pm-12.45pm and 5pm-8pm. Saturday: 10.30pm-12.45pm. Tel: 22-762605
In Search of Common Myth
Group exhibition. Opens December 6 at 7.30pm until December 20. Paphos Municipal Gallery. Monday – Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 10am-1pm. Tel: 26-930653