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Honouring Stelios Votsis: a journey through his artistic trajectory

Stelios Votsis, acknowledged as one of the greatest abstract artists of Cyprus

THE Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, in collaboration with the family of Stelios Votsis, are organising a retrospective exhibition of his works titled “In memory of Stelios Votsis: a journey through his artistic trajectory.”

The exhibition is being held to pay homage to this important artist who passed away about two years ago, on November 9, 2012. It is being hosted by Hellenic Bank at its exhibition space at the head office building in Nicosia. Inaugurating the exhibition on Wednesday October 15 (7pm) will be the Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis. The exhibition will run until October 30 and will be open from 9am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday except on public holidays.

The exhibition is an artistic memorial to Stelios Votsis, acknowledged as one of the greatest abstract artists of Cyprus. Through the works he created from 1948 to 2012 an attempt is made at a rough-and-ready retrospective into his long and rich trajectory through the visual arts.

In a tribute to Votsis, Dr Eleni Nikita writes: “He was one of the most dynamic and creative artists that Cyprus has given rise to after the declaration of independence in 1960, making substantive contributions to the formation of a new visual style through his groundbreaking work.

“His contributions to painting have been multi-dimensional, layered and extensive, where every line, every shape, every form and every colour has a unique meaning. Ever-present in his painting was the colour white which symbolises pure energy – ‘this cosmic ocean’ as he called it – where everything is located and from which everything is constituted.

“The works of Stelios Votsis, irrespective of their content and the philosophical intentions of their creator, remain works of high aesthetic value, works that have emotive power, works that delight the senses and lift the spirits. For they conform to classic aesthetic values, building upon centuries of artistic knowledge and revealing the power of their creator to attest his inspiration with an individualistic visual vocabulary.”

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