Konstantinos Ladianos, Solo Show

Duration : 26.03.15 - 02.05.15


In his solo show at CAN gallery Konstantinos Ladianos introduces the viewer to a world that is built around humans. The scenes he chooses to depict have references in Magic Realism, nonetheless his figures appear even stranger, often ascetic, like if they have popped out of Byzantine icons or outlandish tales. Recluse, posing in unusual or surprising landscapes or framed by flowers, naked or strangely dressed, these figures unfold a fascinating narrative which redefines the boundaries between reality and fiction and is characterized by an equal acceptance of the usual and the marvelous, the improbable and the ordinary, mixing the private, the religious, the mythological and the lyrical with an extensive exploration of human existence and the world.

Based upon the very contradiction that is signified in the term Magic Realism, between the magic and real that seem incompatible with each other, Ladianos creates his own personal mythology full of people and monsters. Creatures that seem to belong in distinct races. Ordinary people who at the same time appear somewhat "unreal". Heroes, sufferers, martyrs and magicians. The face of these creatures stands as a "mirror" to their soul and as a microcosm of humanity itself. While history has a duty to convey all information about the status, position or role of an individual, the artist has no such obligation. Ladianos’ portraits present us with a cartography of the human soul, a greater picture of a transcendent world that exists beyond all we know and see.

Born 1967 in Athens, Greece. Lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki. Painting is Ladianos’ principal medium although his ontological concept is sometimes also materialized in metal or embroidery. His imagery is mostly anthropological addressing a broader theory of culture and aesthetics. He has appeared is several solo and group exhibitions including "Feed me" in GazonRouge Loraini Alimantiri gallery, "Lustlands" in Family Business, New York, "Hell AS Pavilion" at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, "(O)IKEA Hydra School Projects" in Hydra, "Paint-id" at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, "What remains is future" in Patras, European Cultural Capital and others.