Alexandros Simopoulos is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator from Greece. He studied International relations and Humanitarian Law in Panteion University in Athens, School of International Studies, Communication and Culture ,participated in the viewers program in the Athens School of Fine Arts and received an MA in Visual Arts and Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts with a scholarship from the University of the Arts London. He has worked with NGO's, galleries and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad as an artist, but as a researcher and administrator as well. Regarding his art practice, his works span across both indoor and outdoor spaces, using a wide variety of mediums. He has been on the forefront of the Greek urban art scene and exhibited solo in Athens and London and in group shows in the UK, Mexico, Spain, USA and Greenland. He has painted murals in various countries, from Spain and Germany, to Greenland and India. His work is based on a visual language full of symbolism that uses nature, oral tradition, folk mythology and legend as key-points to discuss the human condition and reflect to the current social and political context. Initiating from a practice that was rooted in graffiti and being an active muralist for years, a big interest of his is working on and questioning aspects of the public and urban space. Travelling and exploring new localities is key for the evolution of his work. He is also interested in community engagement and participatory methodologies with local communities, residents or artists,craftsmen etc when it comes to producing murals and site-specific work. His work has been featured in numerous publications and belongs in private and public collections in Greece and abroad. 

 

Alexandros Simopoulos 
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EDUCATION
2015-2016 Camberwell College of Arts – MA Visual Arts: Illustration
2010-2011 Athens School of Fine Arts – viewers program
2011          Universitat Autonoma Barcelona - Erasmus program
2008-2013 Panteion University – School of International studies, Communication and                  
                  Culture, BA International and European studies

AWARDS/ SCHOLARSHIPS

2018 - Fulbright Artist Residency Award

2018 -  Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship Program
2017 – European Cultural Foundation – Steptravel Grant
2015 – University of the Arts London, Vice-Chancellor Scholarship
2015 -  Member of the Greek Chamber for the Arts and International Association of Art   
            IAA/AIAP
2011 -  IKY Erasmus program state scholarship

RESIDENCIES
2019 - Truth and Reconciliation, Santa Fe Art Institute (upcoming)

2018 - Science through storytelling, Esplora Science Center, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Kalkara, Malta 

2017 – Hors Pistes, Nuuk, Greenland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 – Notions of afterlife, Genesis Gallery, London UK
2015 -  Animistic Futurism, Vessel, Athens, Greece
2014 – Zadig (w/Cacao Rocks), Gallery Sarri 12, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
2013 – Pop-Up!, CRUX, Athens, Greece

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 - Hors Pistes, Museum CID Grand Hornu, Belgium (upcoming)
2017 – Hors Pistes, Nuuk Museum, Nuuk, Greenland
            Τhe 3W Biennial, Public Art Festival, Athens, Greece
            Paracosm, BSMT space, London, UK
            Necessity, Weedschat, Athens, Greece
2016 – Viewmaster, Dio Horia gallery, Athens, Greece
            Creative Climate Awards, Human Impacts Institute, New York USA                                                                                                (catalogue)
            Camberwell College of Arts, MA Visual Arts final show, London UK
            Camberwell Library, London UK
            Forecasting Futures, London College of Communication, London UK
            Susak Expo biennale, Susak, Croatia (catalogue)
            Nerantzia, Gallery Sarri 12, Athens, Greece
            Βesiktas Cicek Festivali, Istanbul, Turkey (catalogue)
2015 – ASTHENIA,  Vessel,  Athens, Greece
            Edition, 9, Athens, Greece
2014–  Isalos Grami/Waterline, Pontoporos Gallery, Paros, Greece
            Mi amor por ti es maravilloso, Autismo MX, Monterey, Mexico
            No Respect, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
            Stigma, Besson Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
2013 – Stop and Stare, Sarri 12 Gallery, Athens, Greece
            Repaintathina.com, RemapKM, Athens, Greece
            Feta Yo, 5th International Gallery, Birmingham, UK
            Tetrapolis cultural festival, Kea Island, Greece                                         

2012 – Gitanos Internationales, Stigma Lab, Athens, Greece
            Trash Art , Bios, Athens, Greece
            7 ply project, Vilka, Thessaloniki, Greece
2011 – 99 y medio artistas, Galeria Maxo, Barcelona, Spain

LECTURES/ CONFERENCES

2018 - Displacements, Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology
2017 - University of Crete, Department of Sociology, "Street Art and Crisis : Images, Bodies, 
           Texts”


SELECTED MURALS AND PROJECTS
2017 – Murals commissioned by the municipality of Nuuk, Greenland
            Loures Arte Publica, Loures, Portugal
            Ozora Festival, Hungary
2016 – Mural commissioned by Haringey Arts, London, UK
            Unit London, London, UK
            Besiktas Cicek Festivali, murals, Istanbul, Turkey (catalogue)       
            Ozora Festival, Hungary
2015 -  Ozora Festival, Hungary
2014 -  No Respect, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
            Athens Street Art Festival, Athens, Greece    

SELECTED PRESS     
Le Monde
International New York Times
The Greek Foundation
Καθημερινή – AFP
Lifo