Currently lives and works between Paris and Athens, Nicolas Panayotou has a masters degree in Arts from both the Sorbonne University and the Ecole du Louvre.Read More
Nicolas Panayotou is the leader of a movement that could be called Optical'pop or Pop'op. Neologisms aside, Panayotou follows mainly the line of theorist painters such as Herbin Dewasne or Vasarely. But his work is also and above all about replenishment, survival and the presence of geometric abstraction and its derivatives (optical and kinetic art) in contemporary art. The complexity of his artistic language, supported by a large spectrum of colour, plays on different variations of parallels and curves, light and shade. Regular bands, that repeatedly decline the colours of the prism, cover all or part of the surface of the canvas. These serpentine shapes, with imprecise edges that resemble a neon tube, form a range of light beams arranged in clusters that reminisce Matisse and give an illusion of movement. They attract the eye of the viewer and invite him to decipher the hidden codes of the work.
The feeling that transpires from the poetic paintings of Nicolas Panayotou finds its source in a highly controlled technique. It stems from its kaleidoscopic spaces, its planets in orbit that, far from being fixed, favour a rhythm and dynamic that lead to a reflection on the human brain's ability to grasp the concepts of space and time.
Text courtesy A2Z Art Gallery.