On the 7thMarch, 2014 the Russian Academy of Fine Arts Museum will host the major retrospective exhibition of the internationally recognized sculptor of Hellenic descent, Nikos Floros. The exhibition will take place under the auspices of the Municipality of the city of Tripolis, Greece.
Exhibited in the Raphael Hall, the artist will present his unique sculptural costumes created using recycled aluminum. This original method was created and patented by Nikos Floros in 2003.
During the period from September 2013 until March 2014 the exhibition has been hosted at the Tsaritsyno State Museum and Reserve in Moscow.
Continuing his work inspired by extraordinary women, the cult opera Diva Maria Callas and her friend, the Hollywood star and later the Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly, Nikos Floros slices soda and beer cans into strips and uses them to create theatrical costumes and fashion outfits that can fool the eye into thinking they're fabric. He creates moving tributes to their art, their lives, their spirits and their legacies.
"These women themselves have been transformative figures who have inspired many others. They left deep impressions on people around the world and, according to his feelings, they are a reflection of the three basic principles of the Hellenism: strength, beauty and harmony, which in his understanding is not a question of origin but an idea of a personal quest "- says the sculptor.
The centerpiece and highlight of this exhibit will be his new masterpiece inspired by the personality of the Russian Catherine the Great.
Commenting on his artwork, Nikos Floros said: "My biggest hope is that this exhibition will provide an opportunity for a great number of people to get acquainted with Greece and the Russians would wish to visit my country, Greece, and (why not) my home city of Tripolis, Arcadia".
Nikos Floros` art is tightly connected with his home place Arcadia, a harmonious and peaceful dream, a lost and desired state in which the human being lives in balance with the nature. This was the main reason for its Head, Mayor Mr. Ioannis Smirniotis to be personally present at the opening of the exhibition, in the frames of the project “Tripolis as a cultural capital of Europe 2012”. General Consul of Greece in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Theodoros Bizakis has kindly agreed to join the ceremony.
The sculptural costumes of Maria Callas and Grace Kelly are artistic creations created from recycled aluminum cans and are characterized as surrealistic pop-art and are unique, original creations which have been exhibited around the world including Monte Carlo, Monaco under the auspices of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Club in New York City, among many others. His sculptural costumes are in museums and private collections around the world.
Nikos Floros was recognized for his talent and originality early in his career and was awarded with the Grand Prize for the “Red Queen Elizabeth” costume, given by the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume and presented by the curator Harold Koda of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume, the Grand Prize for the “Silver Elizabeth I” costume, from the French Heritage Society at the “Young Friends Heritage Society”, Golden medal of Arts and Sciences, Albert Schweitzer Foundation in Vienne, as well as The Global Thinkers Forum Excellence Award - 2013 for Excellence in Innovation. Nikos’ Floros artwork was chosen by the Brazilian educational system for inclusion in their instructional textbooks.
The exhibition is under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Culture, General Consulate of Greece in St. Petersburg, as well as the Greek National Tourism Association.
Curator of the exhibition is Aristotelis Karantis, exclusive photos provided by Ilias Dyamantakos, the exhibition is organized by Julia Sysalova.
The opening reception will be held on March 6, 2014 at 15.00 and the exhibition will be open to the public until April 6, 2014.
Nikos Floros was born in Hellas. He grew up in Athens and has lived and worked in several major cities around the world. He studied at the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux Arts) in Paris as well as classical piano and classical theater in Greece.
Nikos Floros has exhibited around the world and his sculptures are in museums and private collections.