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A minute with

A minute with Andreas Kountoureshis Painter

Where do you live?
Nicosia, with my family

Best childhood memory?
Climbing a massive and really steep mountain slope. I’ll never forget it, extremely stupid but I enjoyed it. My parents not so much!

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Loxandra, a Greek restaurant in old Nicosia. I can’t pick just one, I love food so I always go for mezedes. I can’t really say there is a food that I dislike to be honest. Maybe snails but It always depends on how well they’re cooked.

What did you have for breakfast?
Ham and cheese toast with fresh orange juice

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I can be both actually. It always depends on the mood, more of a night person overall but there are times where I just wake up early and get on with life. Perfect night out would probably be going for a few drinks at a chilled bar with good company, nothing more nothing less.
The perfect thing for a day out would be going to the beach I would say when the sun is up and just spending the whole day there.

Best book ever read?
I am not much of a book reader. I read a few but I mostly prefer to go online and search selective things to read. Things about space, the universe, history and even spiritualism at times. It all depends on what I am into or what I work on from time to time. Usually what I read is reflected in my paintings.

Favourite film of all time?
The Departed by Martin Scorsese. I love the whole plot, how it’s filmed, the dialogue between the characters, the whole concept is just on another level to my eyes.

Best holiday ever taken? What’s your dream trip?
Australia when I was 11. I have relatives there and I went there for a visit. The whole experience was unforgettable, especially the zoos there, I saw things you just cannot see here in Cyprus.
Dream destination would be Mexico and then Latin America in general. I really want to go and explore that side of the world at some point in my life.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
Anything from blues to the more extreme stuff like death and black metal. Depends on the mood always and the destination I am heading to.

What is always in your fridge?

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Probably a house in the forest or in an open space. Maybe something wooden. Haven’t really pictured many things about yet but it would definitely have one room just for artworks from other artists I purchased. Like a small gallery within the house I guess.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Quentin Tarantino, I admire his films and way of thinking. I think we would find many things to chat about him and I.

If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Enjoy anything that I didn’t do in a while. Probably go all the way illegal simply because there is no more tomorrow. But I would do it with the people that matter in my life.

What is your greatest fear?
Doing things that have no return, such as acting on something while being mad. I usually walk away from things by just having that in mind.

Tell me a joke…
A bear walks into a bar and says, “Give me a whiskey and… cola.” “Why the big pause?” asks the bartender. The bear shrugged. “I’m not sure; I was born with them.”

Andreas’ second solo exhibition Conception, Inception and Deception is currently underway at the Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir in Nicosia

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