1990 · Greece
Kostas Sklavenitis’ painting practice explores a range of media, materials and surfaces. The artist explores scale through immersive wall murals, large paintings and smaller works which perform like peeping holes into the environments he paints. Often depicting scenes of everyday life, his inspiration is drawn from his own personal experience of growing up in Thessaloniki, Greece, and from working in a culturally diverse city like London. He is interested in the subjects of tradition, religion, and culture, from sources as diverse as folklore tales, gatherings at church or Sunday markets and craftsmen’s workshops. These themes, through which the artist explores cultural myths and narratives around life, love, death, and faith, are communicated through colourful and vivid compositions in his paintings.
Kostas Sklavenitis lives and works in London. Sklavenitis graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2019 and the Fine and Applied Arts from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Abracadabra, Assembly House, Leeds (2019); Something Else, Kazan, Russian (2019); Something Else, Novgorod, Russia (2019); Something Else, Triumph Gallery, Moscow (2019); WIP Show, RCA, London (2018); Magen Vibratoria Bajo el Paraguas de su Reproducción, Museo Nahim Isaías,Guayaquil, Ecuador (2017). The artist has the following scholarships : The Schilizzi foundation Scholarship (2019); Maria Cassimati Foundation (2019); Neon Foundation Scholarship (2018).