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Painting in contemporary Macedonia

The teachers of contemporary painting
The younger generation of modern painters

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'Composition 37'
'Composition 37', painting by the idiosyncratic artist Stelios Mavromatis (1930-), Thessaloniki, Private collection.

'Portrait of Alki'
'Portrait of Alki' Kyriakidou-Nestoros (folklorist-ethnologist), painting by the representational artist Hronis Botsoglou (1947-), Thessaloniki, Private collection.

'Nike'
'Nike', painting by Yiorgos Lazongas (1945-), an artist who exploits the three-dimensional potential of abstraction, Thessaloniki, Macedonian Museum of Modern Art.

'The Furies'
'The Furies', painting by Nikos Sahinis (1924-), who worked with landscape painting and abstract expressionism, Thessaloniki, Municipal Art Gallery.

'The Hamodrakas'
'The Hamodrakas', painting by Kostas Loustas (1953-), an artist of expressionist trends, Thessaloniki, Municipal Art Gallery.

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'Composition 37'
Stelios Mavromatis (1930-)


'Portrait of Alki'
Hronis Botsoglou (1947-)


'Nike'
Yiorgos Lazongas (1945-)


'The Hamodrakas'
Kostas Loustas (1953-)


'The Furies'
Nikos Sahinis (1924-)

If the expressionism and experimentation with the plastic surface that define the way Sahinis looks at the human environment have left their mark on abstractionism, then Venetoulias' urban landscapes, which are chromatically exciting and frequently acerbic owing to his inclination towards social criticism, as well as Loustas' lyrical landscapes, continue to depict the Macedonian towns and countryside that inspired the previous generation.

An idiosyncratic blend of realism, expressionism and surrealism is evident in Mavromatis' principal subject, the trains. In the younger generation, representational painting appears robust and exploratory in the work of Botsoglou, while Lazongas cultivates the three-dimensional possibilities of abstractionism.

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Civilization - The teachers of contemporary painting


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