Greek, b. 1955
The artist Marcos Kampanis was born in Athens in 1955.
He studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art in London, where he lived from 1974 to 1980.
Marcos Kampanis’ imagery is quintessentially Greek. The simple beauty of an olive oil grove, traditional island pottery, and the sparseness of a Greek interior are expressed through remarkable purity of form and clarity of colour and technique. Thus, imagery which is often ignored or perceived as mundane, acquires a new aura and sense of mystery as well as an identity which is authentically Greek in the traditional sense.
Apart from his painting he has worked as a print-maker, icon painter and book illustrator. He has executed murals and ceiling decoration at the monastery of Simonos Petra on Mount Athos. The series of prints of The Towers of Mount Athos consists of thirty-two scenes cut in linoleum and printed by Markos Kampanis in 1998 on two different papers, English mould-made Somerset and Indian handmade Khadi paper in a total of fifty numbered copies and ten artist’s proofs.