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Vassilis Karakatsanis
‘Urban Behaviours’ 2008/2009

February 24th - March 14th, 2009

Morfi Gallery in Limassol/Cyprus is pleased to announce ‘Urban Behaviours’ 2008/2009 an exhibition with painting by Vassilis Karakatsanis (b. Athens 1957).
Opening reception: Tuesday, February 24th , 2009 from 19:30

In ‘Urban Behaviours’ exhibition, Karakatsanis risks his involvement in a socio-political debate.
Vanity, carnalism and mixing of values reflect in the eyes and the bodies of the assembled people who constitute the body of his work whereas the repeated presence of the chair refers to the urban environment.

Jaume Mir, President of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Mallorca, annotates:
Behaviours are defined and formed within the time they occur as well as the cultural, political and “arbitrary” conjunctures of our developing civilization. Accepted or not, depending on the longitude and latitude they appear, the material of their clothing, the accent of the protagonists or the social codes, they never fail to reflect the individuals and define class, roles, values and missions, ethical or unethical, in our virtually “Roman” society.

Karakatsanis approaches this reality in an unadorned, straightforward and caustic manner. Vanity, carnalism and mixing of values reflect in the eyes and the bodies of the assembled people who constitute the body of his work whereas the repeated presence of the chair refers to the urban environment.
His subject matter is realization, deadlock and hypocrisy, with which, without any trace of intellectualism, he expresses his anguish using very few materials. He does not suggest a solution, yet he demonstrates a mirror in which we can all see our real self or our innermost fantasies, if we so wish.

The middle class, particularly that of the western world, has led people’s perspective towards a comfortable life, aesthetically more decent and possibly happier, even though more often than not it has been deservedly attacked by the have-nots, unfortunately, in their majority, without having political views or providing an essential counter-proposal for the social model they would like to live.

This is apparent in most of the cases that whenever the domination of “progressiveness” has prevailed over conservatism and the reversal of distinguishing people through the primary inequalities of bourgeoisie lifestyle and way of thinking, the thrill and hope that it has brought towards a society of equal and adaptable citizens, far from the clichés of urbanism, has resulted through enrichment and gaining power in the reproduction of all bourgeois “evils” in a most inelegant manner.
As if most of them were eventually dreaming of a living room with a chandelier, money and a very expensive shining car even in neighbourhoods with dirt roads as confirmation of their raison d’être.

Karakatsanis risks his involvement in a socio-political debate. However, painting and art in general has to create aesthetic parameters both from its own material and from the “thesis” of identification of its content.

Karakatsanis’s artistic integrity encourages the discussion between the viewer and the work or even better between the viewer and the viewer.

In times that values, culture and meritocracy are unconventional terms to reality, particularly within societies that are exploring their developmental pace, after the change of their standard of living, art might be one of the few areas that through “beauty” the shape of our flaws can be projected, an area in which Karakatsanis is utterly successful.

Jaume Mir, Palma de Mallorca, 2/2008
President of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Mallorca


Vassilis Karakatsanis was born in Athens 1957.
1976-85 education:
Athens & Barcelona Graduate Schools of Fine Arts, Painting, Stage Design and Book Art, with scholarships by the IKY, (Greek State Scholarship Foundation) & the Spanish Government.
Centro Europeo of Venice, Maintenance of Architectural Monuments, with scholarship by the European Council, Italy.
1982-08 solo exhibitions in Greece, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Cyprus, Germany & participation in International Exhibitions & Art Fairs: (Stockholm Art Fair, Art Innsbruck, Art Athina/Athens, Europ’Art/Geneva, 8th International Triennale, Lalit Kala Academy/New Delhi, BP Oil Europe/Brussels, Sotheby’s/New York, Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece/Moscow & Sofia, Fundación Joan Miro/Barcelona, E & C Department, La Vella/Andorra, 8th BIDA Bienal Internacional del Deporte en las Bellas Artes/Madrid).

The exhibition opens February 24th 3, 2009 and will run through March 14th, 2009

For more information, please contact the gallery.
Visiting hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00 – 13:00, Tuesday - Friday 17:00 – 20:00, closed on Sundays



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