Biography

Kostas Karakitsos was born in Kavala in 1956.
He studied Electronics, but pottery attracted him.
In 1986 he starts his own workshop in Kavala where he creates his first sculptures entitled "Spiritual Contact".
Giacometti's work inspires him. The human figures he creates are simple forms, with hands expressing movement and wonder, round heads with no features where the addition of a small circular mirror takes the viewer to the world of the creator.
Clay is a means of expression. The concept and its inculcation through the clay are of prime importance to the artisan.
The ceramics of this period (1986-1996) are characterized by the absence of glazing and the presence of oxides only.
Kostas Karakitsos comes in contact with materials such as iron and cement with polyester fiber blending.
Also, a new experimentation with painting starts.
From this point on, his new quest that leads to the forms of the "Travelers" begins.

Thus, the period 1996-2006 surfaces. One of its features is the emergence of color and glazing.

It is the period of the ‘journey’ and its expression through ceramics.
He meets ceramists from all over the world, travels and participates in symposiums enriching his forms with the influences he receives from great and renowned ceramists. His "Travelers" show glaze and painted surfaces.
Their suitcases are the surface on which the travel mood is captured, with imaginary images and landscapes.
Painting relaxes him and is once more the springboard for his new work, "Women."
He thinks that, by nature, women are colorful. This is also conveyed through his forms.
Oxides, paints and glazes are on their surfaces.
They are wearing hats, signs of their power; they are holding a symbolic gift as an offer to all of us and have striking colors on their clothes.
During the period of 2006 and 2007, he works on the forms of Women.
During the period of 2006 and 2007, he works on the forms of Women. He also organizes ceramic symposiums under the title "With soil and water" in his new workshop, located in Avramilia, a village outside Kavala.
The economic crisis in Greece marks the end of these symposiums, as he himself financed them.
In the international arena, the invitations to pottery and painting symposiums continue.

He exhibits in galleries both in Greece and abroad. Australia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Slovenia, Japan, Switzerland are countries that have hosted the works of Kostas Karakitsos.
Since 2018 he is engrossed in his new work entitled "Priestesses."
The idea and concept of the sanctuary have found an opportune ground in his theory of the cosmos.

In recent years, he has been running “Ceramics Camp” with his friend and ceramist George Vavatsis. It is about thematic summer seminars exclusively devoted to ceramic art techniques. Alternative firing, reductions, red copper, building traditional ovens are within the research and philosophy of this group.
All these years, his involvement with the wheel and the quest for glazing and forms are the oasis in which he finds the necessary peace that the wheel can provide. But lately, he has been placing more emphasis on the wheel, perhaps looking for the next period to express himself.
In his workshop he teaches small groups of students.

 

//:PARTICIPATION IN GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1987 Univercity of Bielefeld, Germany
1988-89-90 “Pan-Hellenic exhibition of ceramics”, Athens
1992-95-97 “Pan-Hellenic exhibition of ceramics”, Athens
1998-99 “Pan-Hellenic exhibition of ceramics”, Athens
1992 “Exhibition of modern ceramics”, Cultural Center of Athens
1993 Museum of Modern Art Suntory, Tokyo, Japan
1996 “In the wings of art”, Gazi, Athens
1997 Group of artists from Kavala, Imaret, Kavala
1999-00 “Artistic May” Tobaco Warehouse, Kavala
2000 “International conjectural exhibition”, Prefecture of Drama
2001 Anny Balta Gallery, Thessaloniki
2001 Municipial Art Gallery of Kavala
2001 Valauris – France
2001-2002 “Pan-Hellenic exhibition of ceramics”, Athens
2002 Aenaon Gallery, Athens
2003 “European Programme of Modern Ceramics”, Greece -Slovenia – Italy
2004 Aenaon Gallery, Athens
2005 Uber Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2005 Fabrika Fabiana, Liubjana, Slovenia
2006 Art Gallery, Alexandroupolis, Greece
2007 Municipial Gallery of Kavala
2008 Orfeos 20, Art Gallery, Xanthi
2010 Orfeos 20, Art Gallery, Xanthi
2011 Orfeos 20, Art Gallery, Xanthi
2012 “Pan-Hellenic exhibition of ceramics”, Athens
2013 Blauen House Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2015 “Tora”, Alma Contemporary Art Gallery, Trikala
2015 – 2016 “12 Guest Artists”. Complementary Exhibition of the 53rd Pan-Hellenic Exhibition of Ceramics
2017 “Diversity”, Balkan Art Gallery, Xanthi
2018 “10 ceramists on Paxi island”, Chris Boikos Gallery, Paxi
2018 Anixis Gallery – Baden, Switzerland
2018 “Uglu trio”, D’ Art Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey
2019 S.G Art Gallery, Kolonaki - Athens - Greece
2019 5th Group Exhibition of Ceramic, Patra - Greece

 

//:INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1989 Georgia Galinou Gallery, Serres
1994 Municipial Tobacco Warehouse, Kavala
1995 Aenaon Gallery, Athens
2003 Aenaon Gallery, Athens
2006 Kalogeriko, Limenas, Thassos
2007 Institute Mohamed Ali, Imaret, Kavala
2009 Orfeos 20, Art Gallery, Xanthi
2012 Anixis Gallery – Baden, Switzerland
2013 Municipial Gallery, Chrisoupoli, Kavala
2014 Myro Gallery, Thessaloniki
2019 Showcase OTE, Thessaloniki, Greece

 

//:SYMPOSIA

1998 “Conference of Ceramics” – Organized by C.C.E.G. (Chamber of Conjectural Art in Greece) and Turkish equivalent, with the participation of ceramics artists from both, Greece and Turkey, Lesvos
1999 “International Conference of Ceramics” – University of Smirni, Turkey
1999 “Symposium of ceramics”, by the group Magera, Tsesmes, Turkey
2000 “Symposium of ceramics”, by the group Magera, Municipality of Rafina
2001 “Symposium of ceramics”, by the group Magera, Constantinople, Turkey
2002 “Symposium of ceramics”, by the group Magera, Constantinople, Turkey
2003 “European Programme: ART.CE.MO.” (Greece, Slovenia, Italy)
2007 “Europian-Anatolian Cultures Meet and Act” Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey
2009 Organization of 1st Symposiun of Ceramics “Earth and Water 1, Avramilia, Greece
2009 “International Applied Ceramics Symposiu”, Avanos, Turkey
2010 Organization of 2nd Symposium of Ceramics “Earth and Water 2”, Avramilia, Greece
2011 “International Raku Symposium”, Eski Sehir, Turkey
2011 Organization of 3nd Symposium of Ceramics “Earth and Water 3”, Avramilia, Greece
2012 “International Science – Art – Culture days”, Konya, Turkey
2012 “Symposium of ceramics”, Malatya, Turkey
2013 “International Project of Piri Reis”, Canakkale, Turkey
2014 “International Symposium of Painting”, Iskenderun, Turkey
2017 “5th International Mediterranean Terracota Symposium” in Cyprus
2017 “International Meetings Alternative Firing”, Eski Sehir, Turkey
2017 “Hatcettepe University International Macsabal Symposium”, Ankara, Turkey
2018 “13rd International Art Festival & Art Workshop”, Poh-Chang Academy of Arts, Bangkok, Thailand

 

//:MORE INFORMATION

1996 Member of the Chamber of Conjectural Art In Greece (C.C.A.G.)
1997 (until today) Teaching ceramics for groups of students in his workshop
2000 Introduser in course on ceramics organized by the Europian Union
2002 Collective volume – “Ceramic Figures directory of Artists”, Michael Flynn
2004 Participation in collective volume 1 “500 figures in Clay, Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form”, Lark Ceramics
2014 Participation in collective volume 2 «500 FIGURES IN CLAY Vol2», Lark Ceramics

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