Stelios Karamanolis

Stelios Karamanolis’ works can be understood beyond the ontological senses, covered in symbols and anthropological references. In an ether of strange figures to which we are not fully attuned, Karamanolis is concerned with the ambivalent; the other things, human and non-human.

Karamanolis paints dreamlike scenes on raw canvas, revealing a strong poetic disposition. Drawing inspiration from Egyptian hieroglyphs and Greek folk art but also from ‘60s comics, his work renders a feeling of mysticism, history and spirituality. His lines often extend beyond the canvas, bleeding into the surrounding walls to create ethereal wall paintings.

Stelios Karamanolis (1977) was born in Athens, Greece and currently lives in Berlin. Recent solo shows include: Fast Paced Collectives at eins Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus, 2019, Recharging the Void, The Breeder, Athens 2019, As we gather. Fast, tireless, quiet, The Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam 2017, The Breeder Playroom, Athens 2017. Recent group shows: Alternate Spaces, Flatland Gallery Amsterdam 2020, Flowers are part of our story and our history, Flatland Gallery Amsterdam 2020, Overturned at artgenève, Geneve, 2020, Cultural Memory II, Archaelogical Museum of Milos 2019, A Museum – A History of 100 Years – Contemporary Commentary, Museum of Modern Greek Culture, Athens 2018, Parallel Second.

He has also exhibited in Athens Biennale, Nerima Art Museum, Japan, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Wiener Foundation, Vienna. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Leap, Artpapers, This Is Tomorrow, Frieze, ATP Diary, Cactus Magazine, Artevie, and others