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Miltos Pantelias

Miltos Pantelias

Born in 1954 in Athens.
He studied engraving and lithography at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (1974-1978) at the workshops of Lagrange and Dayez and then at the Art Plastiques section of Paris VIII University.

He lived in Paris for eleven years (1974-1985) studying painting.

He has presented his artwork in twenty five personal exhibitions and several collective ones, in Greece and abroad.
He has made numerous engravings and lithographies for special numbered editions and poetry collections.

Paper’s fragility and sensibility becomes a predilection place for his drawings with the blooming figures. The oscillation between painting and drawing under sepia undulations and his wanderings between the image and the script spread over his canvases a mist of palimpsest of  matter and  time, the time of the confused memory.
The fold in palimpsest, the “inhabited” fold defines actually the new domain of his art language.

His artwork is included to many important public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

Personal Exhibitions

2016: La prophesie d'Erysichthon, Galerie Altoe, Wittersdorf, France
2014: Nitra Gallery, Thessaloniki
2012: Terra Mater, Bazaios Tower, Naxos, Greece
2012: Maison Du Chevalier, Carcassonne, France
2011: Tholiai te kai apoptygmata, Atrion Gallery, Thessaloniki
2009: Arcadia in situ, Arcadian Museum of Art and History, Levidi, Greece
2009: Ek parallilou, ArtGallery, Alexandroupolis, Greece
2006: Sensus Rescriptus –Draperies, Skoufa Gallery, Athens
2006: Diosimeia, Art Gallery, Alexandroupolis, Greece
2005: Diosimeia, Alma Theater, Athens
2002: Ecritures paralleles, Espace Periple, Bruxelles
2001: Palimpsests II, Ermoupoleia 2001, Syros, Greece
1999: Palimpsests I, Gallery Trigono, Kifisia, Athens
1998: Skoufa Gallery, Αrt Athina 6, ‘98
1997: Parallel natures, Wigmore Fine Arts Gallery, London
1997: Parallel natures, Εspace Periple, Brussels
1996: Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki
1994: Gallery Οpus 39, Nicosia, Cyprus
1993: Hyacynthos Gallery, Kifisia, Athens
1993: Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki
1991: Skoufa Gallery, Athens
1990: Terracotta Gallery, Thessaloniki
1990: Astrolavos Gallery, Pireus, Greece
1989: Skoufa Gallery, Athens
1985: Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens
1981: Kamara Gallery, Monemvasia, Greece
1980: Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens

Selected Collective Exhibitions
2013: 13th Kavafia, Art Center Al Jezira, Cairo, Egypt
2013: O aoratos thiassos (a tribute to C.Cavafy), Ianos Art gallery, Athens
2011: 20 portraits X 20 artists, Vimamen, Athinais Art space, Athens  
2010: Ozmoz II, Maison du Chevalier, Carcassonne, France
2010: Johannes Gennadius and his World, at the Gennadius Library, Athens
2010:Tracing Istanbul, Theological School of Chalki, Istanbul, Turkey
2009: Material Links, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki
2008: Material Links, MoCA, Shanghai, China and Technopolis, Athens
2008: Galerie Triskel, Chateau du Puget, France
2007: A tribute to Dionysios Solomos, Pinakothiki Moshandreou, Messologhi,
2007: Ex Convento Ss Cosma e Damiano, Venice, Italy
2006: Thalassa koitida politismou, Kairios Library of Andros, Greece
2006: Greek Paintings of 20th century , Municipal Gallery of Chania, Creta
2006: Ichnilatontas tin eikona, Cultural Center of Elefsis, Greece
2006: Once upon a time, Penelope Delta…, American College of Athens
2006: Art kites in the European Parliament, Bruxelles
2005: Anthographies, Pinakothiki Grigoraki-Museum of Engravings, Athens
2005: The ship and the sea, Pin.Grigoraki-Museum of Engravings, Athens
2003: A tribute to the woman, Pinakothiki Grigoraki-Museum of Engravings,
2002: 10 Greek Painters have painted and printed, Pinakothiki Grigoraki- Museum of Emgravings, Athens
2002: Greek paintings and sculptures from Chatzisavas collections, Municipal Gallery of the city of Athens
2001: The myth of the woman at the Greek Contemporary Painting,
Museum of Contemporary Art of V. and E. Goulandris, Andros, Greece
2000: 17 Griechischen Kuenstlerrn, Mainz-Drais, Frankfort
1999: Art on the paper, Zefxis Gallery, Thessaloniki
1998: Focalizations du Regard, Building of the European Union, Brussels
1998: Art Athina 6 `98: Skoufa Gallery, Athens
1997: Adila, Trigono Gallery , Athens
1997:Vakheia, Paratiritis Art space, Thessaloniki Cultural Capital of Europe
1997:Εsties Vlemmatos, Center of Contemporary Art, Larissa, Greece
1997:Ex Libris, Center of Arts Hyacynthos, Athens
1996: A tribute to Pericles Pandazis, Pinakothiki Αverof, Metsovo, Greece
1996:Is there an age for the art?, Municipal Pinakothiki Larnaca, Cyprus
1996:Les messagers, Astrolavos Gallery, Athens
1995: Gend Flanders Expo: Lineart, Gallery Triskel, Belgium
1995:SAGA '95, Galerie Michele Guerin, Paris
1995:A tribute to Greco, National Pinakothiki of Athens
1994: The Dr. H. P. Livas Collection, Hall City Museum, England
1994:Ex Libris, Hyacynthos Gallery, Athens
1992: Galerie Kamara Monemvassia, Greece
1989: Art Forum, Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens
1984: Gallérie Sculptures, Paris
1984: 6eme Biennale de Gravure, Mulhouse, France
1984: 33 Artistes Grecs a Paris, Centre Culturel de Sannois, France
1983: Biennale de Gravure sur bois de Croissy-sur-Seine, France
1982: La femme et l’imaginaire, Gallérie Marcel Bernheim-Guyot, Paris
1980: Nees Morfes Gallery, Athens
1978: Maison des beaux-arts, Paris

Selected Reviews and Publications

Iris Kritikou, Material Links, the catalogue of the exhibition, Elix editions, 2008
Panorama of the Greek engraving, EETE edition, the catalogue, 2008
Iris Kritikou, A tribute to Dionysios Solomos, Mikri arktos editions, 2007
Takis Mavrotas, Visual Inscriptions (eikastikes katagrafes)1986-2005, Poets of colouring and drawing, Kastaniotis edit., 2006
Iris Kritikou, Once upon a time, Penelope Delta…, catalogue of the exhibition, edit. The Athens College, 2006
Andreas Georgiadis, Diosimeia, the visual and musical approach of a myth,, Mai 2006
Nikos Dontas, Searching Naxos in mythological Greece, journ.I Kathimerini, 23 April 2006
Giorgos Kiousis, a myth pursuit on the Zas mountain, journ. Eleftherotypia, 11 Mars 2006
Thomas Tamvakos, Diosimeia, a three-dimensional approach of a myth, mag. Jazz & Jazz, issue160-161, 2006
Stavros Xyntaras, An interview, journ. Apogevmatini 7 Oct. 2006
Diosimeia, the three-dimensional research of a myth, Pantelias-Gonou-Andronikou, Kedros editions, book and CD, 2006
Giorgos Kiousis, Draperies, journ.Eleftherotypia, 24 Oct.2006
Sensus rescriptus-draperies, the catalogue of the exhibition, preface Pan.Vlachos, Skoufa Gallery, 2005
Haris Kambouridis, Sacred and Profane: Sights of the woman at the Contemporary Greek painting 1930-2005, edit. MunicipalGallery of Chania,2005
Marina Kanakaki, 10 years of Greek Art: 1994-2004, edit. Gerolymatos Societies, 2004
Nikos Grigorakis, The olive tree in the Greek engraving, edit.Adam-Pergamos, 2004
Haris Kambouridis, Nea eikonolatreia, The triumphal return of the painted representation, catalogue of the exhibition, Fine Arts Kapopoulos Gallery, Athens 2003
Miltos Pantelias, Palimpsests, the catalogue of the exhibition, preface Athina Shina, Ermoupoleia 2001, Syros, Greece
New European Artists, An annual of contemporary European artists introduced by prominent art critics, Philip D. Dracodaidis: M.Pantelias vol.1, editions Edward Lucie-Smith, 2000
Catherina Tzavara, The paper as a fetich! mag. Votre Beaute, Jan.2000
Takis Mavrotas, Miltos Pantelias, magazine Marie Claire, Dec.1999
Konst.Vogdou, the magic revelation of the memory, journ.Athinaiki, 22 Nov. 1999
V.Tzevelekou, Between yesterday and today, journ. Elefth.Typos, 30 Nov. 1999
Eva Polyzoi, The palimpsest traces of the history, journ. Vradyni, 4 Dec.1999
Stavros Xyntaras, M.Pantelias, newspaper Apogevmatini 25 Dec. 1999
Athina Shina, The inscription of the image, magazine I Lexi, Nov-Dec 1999
Penny Oehaliotou, magazine House & Garden, March 1999
N.Grigorakis, The still life, edit.Vivliothiki neoellinikis haraktikis, 1999
N.Grigorakis, Leda and the swan at the Greek contemporary art, 1998
Christina Farakla, An ascetic bound to the city, Members magazine, 1998
Katerina Tzavara, Parallel Natures, journal.Eleftherotypia, 7 Νοv.1998
D. Rogan, A talented creator, mag. Living, 1997
N.Grigorakis, Greek ex-libris, Diatton editions, 1997
Αthina Shina , I.Gonou, M.Pantelias, mag. ΑRTI, issue 35, 1997
Dictionnary of the Greek artists, Melissa editions, 1997
Katerina Tzavara ,Interior Landscapes, magazine Έpsilon, issue 261, 7 April 1996
Katerina Tzavara, Unending search, magazine Votre Beaute, March 1996
Sophia Kazazi, Interior Landscapes, preface of the exhibition’s catalogue, Thessaloniki 1996.
Αn. Τedokali, The new aesthetics, journal Thessaloniki, 22 March 1996
Haris Livas, An astonishing couple, Athens News Agency, No 65, 4 June 1996
Sophia Kazazi, Greek Artists, 10 years of critics 1985-1995, Diagonios editions,1996
Anna Grimani, M. Pantelias, painter-engraver, magazine Eikones, issue 500, Μay 1994
The Cyprus weekly, M.Pantelias, Opus 39, 17 Nov.1994
Cathrine Tziavara, Neo-romantism, magazine Epsilon, issue 139, 18 Dec.1994
Mary Matchas, Etenally Feminine, the Athenian, Μarch 1993
Τakis Μavrotas, Poetry in colour and design, magazine Marie-Claire, March 1993
Sophia Kazazi, Back to the old values of painting, magasine Theoreio, 12 Febr.1992
Dora Markatou, M.Pantelias, magasine ARTI, issue 187
La mia casa, M.Pantelias, Erotic Adolescence, Octobre 1991
Chryssa Kakatsaki, Dreams of figures and landscape, journ.Avgi, 22 Oct.1991
Ilias Kanellis, From an old Mirror, magazine Idaniko Spiti, November 1991
Τakis Μavrotas, Sensual painting, magazine Pantheon, Μay 1990
Sophia Kazazi, M.Pantelias, Erotism in Art, magazine Entefktirio 12 Oct. 1990
Sophia Kazazi, M.Pantelias, Erotic Adolecence, journ.Thessaloniki, 29 Nov.1990
Sophia Kazazi, M.Pantelias, magazine Eikastika, issue 40, April 1985
Ηaris Livas, Contemporary Greek Artists, M.Pantelias, Vantage Press, New York
Α. Τasos, The new forces in the engraving, the exhibition’s catalogue, Αthens 1978
Haris Livas, Athens Daily Post, 13 Dec1978

About me

For Miltos Pantelias in the process of creation, often no innovation is itself innovative. Utilizing acrylics, pencil and paper on canvas, he investigates issues of time and memory, following a per­sonal private process. Minimal use of color; successive layers; persistent folds that intimate a metaphysical human habitation; fragile materials with palimpsest handmade finishes; complex but simultaneously sublime feather-light constructions, permit the viewer to wander in space and penetrate the rites of time embodied through vaporous projected figures, while remaining enigmatic, riddled with snapshots of memory, charged full of inscrutable riddles with ambiguous solutions.

Iris Kritikou, Material Links, Elix editions, 2008


The work of Miltos Pantelias is seamless.
Themes, technique, ambience: always in balance.  Time is present, memory is present.  Which time? Which memory?  Our personal memory enfolds an eternity.
The making is what composes memory.  It is the finishes, the cracklings that are the mystagogy of time:  The sense of a time that is enigmatic, perforated by instances of memory.” 
The making.  Miltos Pantelis starts by composing his canvas, tela di lino, a surface on which, overlapping, the layers of the palimpsest stand.  His creations challenge the gaze to recognize, to seek behind the obvious, to break out of the frame, to rove.  He thus renders the familiar distant and vice versa.
Shapes, Landscapes, and Writings.
“It’s not exactly landscapes that I paint.  I like to approach a world that is in constant creation.  A genesis.  The unexplored enigma of the new.  Shapes and writings, or better yet, bodies and writings.  Words inscribed on the body. A body that creates words.  To put it differently, it’s something that has already been written or even something that is being re-written."
Sensus Rescriptus.  A rippling fold in palimpsest overlays.  Is it a lived-in fold or perhaps an absence of body?

Panagiotis Vlachos from the catalog of the exhibition "sensus rescriptus", 2006


By means of a particular technique which is not based on flashy colours, or strong interplay of light and shade, Pantelias started a personal and tender creative course. The female figure is his treasured subject. Captivating and airy, she rises from the surface. The finesse of his painting rivals with an atmosphere of intriguing sensuality so the paintings are charged with dreamy sensations that refer to the past and to desire. The nostalgic temperament of Pantelias, challenges and resists the spirit of cynicism and materialism of modern times.

Marina Kanakaki, 10 years of Greek Art: 1994-2004,Gerolymatos Societies editions


"...I was 19 years old when I left for Paris. I wanted to study painting. I confess that I was disappointed when I got there and saw supposedly 'promising' young painters throwing paint all over the place. Then one day I passed in front of the door of the Print making Department and smelled all the odours of the engraving kitchen. Engraving needs discipline, knowledge of the various possible techniques, of all the many details. I studied painting by studying engraving. This ricochet makes me think that painting is not just a matter of making a gesture, nor is it a therapy for mentally disturbed individuals. It's the process of creating a world that doesn't exist but which is real for me as well as for others. I have never painted in the open air. I collect the elements that catch my attention through notes and rough sketches, then I reconstruct them in my studio by structuring an ensemble that has nothing to do with the forms I've seen at the beginning of this process. My studio has no natural light. I installed a system of fixed light that allows me to see all the details always under the same light and work in the same unchanging environment whether it's day or night. This helps me to live in a world full of elements I should like to see around. Thanks to these I build a new state of things without metaphysics, without romanticism. They are prominent in my paintings: old maps, manuscripts, seals, old photos... I am always surprised by the details; that's the reason why I look at paintings from very close to. Large works of art are thrilling whether you look at them from a distance or from very close. The peripheral details give value to a work of art."
"...My paintings can easily be misunderstood by people who don't believe that artists create in order to have the possibility to destroy. When I paint, I am under tremendous pressure, ready to annihilate my work. However, I think that such pressure is positive."

New European Artists, An annual of contemporary European artists introduced by prominent art critics, Philip D. Dracodaidis: M.Pantelias vol.1, editions Edward Lucie-Smith, 2000