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Since 2013 Chris Boïcos Fine Arts has been organizing artist’s residencies in Paxos. Greek and foreign artists are invited to spend up to three weeks on the island, contemplate, sketch or photograph people, sites or buildings that move, interest or seduce them. The result has been a fascinating accumulation of images in oil, watercolor, drawing, photography and collage that provide one of the richest current artistic records of a Greek island.
The current exhibition features the work of two Greek and one Russian-American artist who have worked on the island on several occasions since 2013.
Pavlos Habidis is the illustrator on the watercolor book A Journey to Paxos published by Chris Boïcos Fine Arts in July 2014. He is currently one of the best known Greek watercolorists and has illustrated a great many Greek sites and international cities including Aegina, Kastelorizo, Kea, Athens, Preveza, Parga, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Paris, Brussels and more lately the Greek temples in Agrigento, Sicily. He is exhibiting the last series of Paxos watercolors executed on the island and finished in his Athens studio in 2016.
Michael Goro is a Russian-American artist and reputed printmaker based in Chicago, Illinois where he teaches at the American Academy of Art. On his last visit to Paxos in the summer of 2015 he was most fascinated by the rough hewn textures and all the accidents of time and wear on old Paxos buildings some famous like the Ypapandi church in Gramatekeika others very modest like old village store sin Fontana. These he has recorded in a striking series of oils on board.
Marina Krontira is an established Athenian artist who spent May of 2015 in Paxos. She was drawn to people and the seaside life of the island and works in a more Romantic and slightly Expressionist style in oils. She is exhibiting scenes from island life that also feature children and their games alongside older seaside paintings from Kea in the Aegean.
Each artist has approached Paxos with his own vision, style and technique. Cumulatively these separate visions provide us with a richer experience of often familiar sites, a deeper understanding of the many facets of our island and the multiple possibilities of pleasure to the senses in provides.