Yiannis Selimiotis studied at the Department of Physics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, and is a graduate of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia (2014). He also studied at the hagiography workshop of Demosthenes Avramidis, and was a member of the art group “ΣΗΜΕΙΟ” with George Rorris and Kallia Triantafyllou being his teachers. He collaborated with the “Made in Athens” proposal team, that represented Greece at the 13th Venice Biennale, and has participated in various group exhibitions in Aiani, Kozani (2011), Mytilene (2013), Serifos (Municipal Guesthouse “Perseas”, 2015 and 2016), Athens (Union of Greek Archaeologists, 2015, and Alibi Gallery, 2018), and Lavrio (Municipal Space of the Old Foundry, 2016).
I create pictures because of their power to express feelings and ideas, and their ability to explore unknown territories both inwardly and outwardly; but more importantly, because of their power to seduce. The ‘willingness’ of paintings and drawings to be transformed in light and matter is what I look for in order to establish a deeper connection between my pictures and the audience’s memories and feelings. Creating a picture is more like creating a door, and inviting the audience in an old, yet new place — a place of poetic reverie.