‘In life one must not be just another person, but another entity…’
Mike Petrakis is a contemporary conceptual artist. His art is characterized by secret gems and mind teasers that he has planted for you to find. He challenges you to look twice at his surrealistic work, to be rediscovered.
His philosophy is that “Art should appeal to a wide audience of all social tiers; should be seen by as many people as possible in order to form part of the cultural discourse of a society”. His mission isn’t to cynically trash the whole of society along with its signs and symbolism; instead, he manages to reopen the debate on the associations we sometimes automatically make with various cultural icons.
The aim of his art – philosophy, is to react to all the pre-established cultural images – icons and to recycle them in such a way in order to change their utility and valor, towards all consumers.
Also to allude to the corruption and corrosion, to the words, icons and symbols, which we consume in our everyday life, in attempt to redefine them.
His aim is, to free you from any fixed concepts and ideas acquired as a result of brainwashing. You won’t fall prey to another, new brainwash; however, you might decide to stop ramming down your throat the old, fixed interpretations as the only one possible.
You will soon discover how his philosophical, artistic expression has multilingual, multicultural extensions and diachronic values, with hints on modern concerns affecting our future, through the position of humanity across our existence, connected with our reaction – attitude – treatment to nature and technology…
Studies: Graphic ART Design & Communication at ‘AKTO’ Art & Design College, in Athens – Greece.
A selection of my works have been published in the English magazine ‘Art Hole’.
A selection of my works have been published in the English magazine ‘The Working Artist’.
My artworks have been published in the book “Harvests Of New Millennium”, sold in bookstores in the USA & the UK as well as on the internet.
The English magazine “Dazed & Confused” published my work of POP CORN art, in its April 2007 issue, as one of the four winners of the competition “Make Art, Make Fun Of Art” which was conducted by the electronic site www.freedm2.com. Also, all four pieces of artwork were printed on giant posters of Brooklyn’s in New York and San Francisco.
My creations were the object of the graduation essay of an undergraduate of the History of Art at the National Technical University of Athens.
My work ‘POP CORN’ and ‘OLIVE OIL’ art, together with my installation ‘SINCE THE MONITORS’ were used in a prime time reality TV show on ‘Mega Channel’ called ‘The Party’ as a comment on the contemporary preoccupation with image and vanity.
January 24 – 3 February 2017 ”The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’’ – ‘ Demo for… Democracy’ at ‘Maison de la Grece’ Paris – France
22 – 25 October 2015 ”The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’’ – ‘ Demo for… Democracy’ at Helsinki – Finland
8 – 20 October 2013 ”The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’’ at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation – (Athens, Greece)
July 9 – July 23, 2013 ”Call it Hate, Call it Love, I call it ART” at the Bella Venezia Hotel – (Corfu, Greece)
June 4 – August 2, 2013 ”’The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’’ at the Greek Embassy in Hague – (Hague, Netherlands)
June 6 – July 22 2012 ”The Land of D€MOCRA$¥’’ at the Municipal Gallery of Corfu – (Corfu, Greece)
December 22 2011 – January 21, 2012 ”PeopleOnProduce” at M55 Art Gallery (New York, USA)
August 2011 ”Past-PresentOnProgress” at Polytechno (Corfu, Greece)
November 2004 ‘’Merry POPpins’’ at Gallery Café (Athens, Greece)
May 2004 ‘’PO Po All the World’’ at AshInArt (Athens, Greece)
April 2004 ‘’POP POURI’’ at Floraki Art Gallery (Piraeus, Greece)
March 2002 ‘’GO CreationART’’ at Club 22 (Athens, Greece)
August 2002 ‘’Untitled’’ at Corfu, Greece
May 2001 ‘’POP GANGSTARS’’ at Gallery AKTO (Athens, Greece)
March 2001 ‘’Once you POP you just can’t STOP’’ at Club Plan B (Athens, Greece)