25.08.2021 - Creation Order: 207
Size: 23.6 X 31.5 in, 60 X 80 cm
Ioannis Kaizerlis, art as a point of connection between different experiences and cultures
The artwork Ioannis Kaizerlis will present at the important event being held in Qatar belongs to the artist's latest production. Entitled People, it represents not only the story of the events that have marked his artistic career over the last year but also a glimpse of the future that he wants to pursue by continuing to work towards the realisation of his dream, that is, to keep on generating the art that makes him so happy and fulfilled, and to show his paintings around the world. The background of the canvas is decidedly abstract expressionist, albeit delicate and shaded to give greater prominence to the images that form the centre of the canvas; tt seems to be the ideal terrain for dialogue that Kaiserlis entrusts to the main actors, portrayed in a style halfway between Surrealism and Graffitism, a starting point for expressing a universal message, a wish for interconnection between peoples and cultures, a canvas where the faces seem to be united in the indefiniteness of multiplicity, in the polyhedricity of points of view.
The Greek artist, who was born in the town of Veria and currently lives in Athens, came to his artistic expression after a long career in the building trade, both as a builder following in his father's footsteps and as an interior designer, an experience that has enabled him to experiment and verify how fundamental art is in interacting with living environments and the people who live in them. The emotions awakened by a wall enriched by a painting are amplified and radiated throughout the rest of the room, and are therefore essential to instil a more pleasant atmosphere and harmony in the entire surrounding space. This was the driving force that prompted him to measure himself against those canvases, against that creative world that so fascinated and conquered him in his profession as a decorator that he wanted to generate the sensations he experienced himself.
He has always been passionate about art and has visited many museums during his travels abroad, spontaneously approaching Abstractionism in general and Abstract Expressionism in particular, a style of painting that is decidedly akin to his impulsive, exuberant and overwhelming nature, as well as his love of expressive freedom; yes, because Ioannis Kaizerlis does not manage to remain within a defined strand, but feels the need to range, to move from Dripping to Colour Field, from Informal to Lyrical Abstractionism, without ever neglecting the emotional element, the meaning that emerges from the images and colours chosen, which he often keeps returning to, transforming oil and acrylic into a material element, in relief that seems to be the stratification of his inner feeling, of that bursting instinct, followed immediately by the need for reflection and meditation that distinguishes his character.
Even the tones are in tune with the mood of the creative moment, so as to become the interpreters of a thought, a consideration or more simply of a juncture observed or distractedly seen; thus the darker atmospheres can alternate with brighter and more vivacious ones without apparent continuity while becoming, precisely because of the expressive freedom essential to Kaizerlis, his main characteristic. The surrealist trait, inspired by the visual immediacy and simplicity of Joan Mirò, emerges from that placing symbols and details, such as eyes and hands, decontextualising them from the general image and giving them a different sense from what they would appear at first glance; the Graffiti Style, on the other hand, is inspired by the rashed and at times impetuous voice of Jean-Michel Basquiat, especially in the distorted definition of faces, as if they were in front of deforming mirrors that allow their real essence to emerge, in which the aesthetic connection is left out and the interiority in its immediacy is highlighted.
The capacity for understanding that comes from openness to others, Kaizerlis seems to suggest with his visual narration, allows us to look beyond appearances, beyond the limits of race, religion and culture, which are a barrier only if we want them to be, while what should instead emerge is a more amused, more surprised approach to those we meet on the journey. The colours chosen by the artist are lively, intense, earthy rather than marine, perhaps because it is in the background that he leaves the impalpability and mobility of the water and sky, emphasising how much of man's movement, wandering and life encountered takes place in the earth element, that world in which walking, meeting, drinking or eating together is an important and fundamental step towards generating interaction, confrontation and therefore dialogue.
International Art critic (Id Getty 500490165),
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