Varthis Fotis

Fotis Varthis was born in 1983, he comes from Corfu island, lives and works in Athens. At the age of 11, he introduced himself to hagiography, taking lessons by great teachers. Afterwards, graphic design was just one step, because very soon the internal need for personal expression would lead him to intake exams at Athens School of Fine Arts. Initially, he studied at the C' painting lab. and then at the A' engraving lab. (prof. Yannis Gourzis)
Apart from the engraving and after he had taken bookbinding seminars, with emphasis on the technique of woodcut, Fotis designs and creates authentic art books.
The byzantine painting, as a visual language, is related to the themes depicted in his works, trying to transfer a painting tradition of centuries, which is maintained, renewed and enriched.
The issue of faith, expressed by man, not only for the divine, but also for himself and the fellow man, as well as the relationship of modern man with the spirituality, often return to the allegorical compositions that he creates.
Several of his works have been exhibited at galleries, the Byzantine museum, bookstore multiplexes etc and also can be found in private collections, museums and banks collections all over the world. He has collaborated with publishers mainly in Europe and USA, creating or offering works.

Sword of Aurora, Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu, 8-31 March 2017
Gate D'Amboise, Medieval City of Rhodes, 18-28 September 2016,
Theognis, Cultural Center, 23 April - 20 May 2016
Ianos, 23 February - 19 March 2016

Young Engravers, Home of Cyprus, 24 May - 15 June 2018
Engraving Conversations, Contemporary Greek Art Institute, 9 November 2016 - 29 January 2017
Studios, metamatic:taf [the Art Foundation], 14-27 January 2016
Hans Christian Andersen, Ianos, 9 December 2015 - 17 January 2016
Diploma Exhibition, Athens School of Fine Arts, Nikos Kessanlis, 30 September - 2 Octomber 2015
Nulla dies sine linea/ Ούτε Μέρα Χωρίς Γραμμή, metamatic:taf [the Art Foundation], 20 November - 14 December 2014
7th Biennale of Greece's Schools of Fine Arts, Theocharakis Foundation, 6-15 June 2014
Engraving Under The Bridge, Theater Under The Bridge, 14 February - 14 March 2014
Art and the City 4, Stoa Spyromiliou, Citylink, 4-20 November 2013
"εικονΟποίηση" (visualization), Poems and Crimes, 3 November 2012 - 1 December 2012
The Art Of Bookbinding, Byzantine and Christian Museum. 20 September 2012 - 13 January 2013
Christmas In Athens, video art festival "Ekfrasi", Cultural Center "Anna & Maria Kaluta". 2 January 2012
"The Truth Is Always Absonant" tribute to Alexandros Papadiamantis, Cultural Center "Melina", Athens 1-22 December 2011
~ Archeological Museum of Patra 9 February - 18 March 2012