Apostolos Chantzaras develops his own visual world of bold lines,
forms and saturated colors, drawing influences from Greek folk
shadow theater, ancient Greek sculptures and Byzantine
iconography. A rich legacy of symbols related to Greece, the sun,
the islands, the sea and its fish, the cross, the bathers, all come
together in a unique, perceptible artistic amalgam empowered by
strong colors and intense movement. Yet the outcome is not
verbose. Chantzaras succeeds in transforming it and making it
something of his own.
He was born in Agrinio-Greece in 1977. From early childhood, he
studied and worked in the atelier of Byzantine Painting beside his
father, Eleftherios Chantzaras.
He studied painting in the Athens School of Fine Arts under
Professor Chronis Botsoglou. He also studied fresco and
photography in the Athens School of Fine Arts. He was nominated
for the IKY scholarship in 2000-2003. In 2004-2005 he studied in
Université Paris 8 in Paris. In 2008 he painted for the Greek Post
(ELTA) the special stamp series "Greek Traditional Products". In
2011 he designed the cover for the novel “Glass Industry” by Menis
Koumantareas, which was published by Vima newspaper, and the
cover for the novel “Imaginary Adventure” by Alexandros Kotzias,
which was published by Kedros publishing company. In 2013 he
designed the cover for the novel: "Olga or nothing" by Lito Pitiris,
which was published by Kedros publishing company.
He has participated in several personal and group exhibitions in
Greece and abroad. He lives and works in Athens and London. His
paintings are part of private collections.