Zoumboulakis Galleries present the latest solo show “zan-tac”, by Nikos Lagos. Large and small dimension works, acrylic on canvas and charcoal on paper, drawings as well as the variety of colors give way to a dense cloud of crowded words and letters which covers recurrent patterns.
The works of Nikos Lagos refer to the contemporary chaos and the resulting mental confusion we experience. At the same time however they aspire to introduce humor and joy through their cartoon impression.
Sotirios Bahtsetzis notes in the catalogue text: “The verbal cartographies in Nikos Lagos’s most mature work (paintings with acrylic on canvas and drawings with charcoal on paper), in which the graphical chromatic depiction gives precedence to semiotic writing, function more as a contemporary ‘biblia pauperum’ and as resistance against a superficial society, a society of pseudo-culture due to information overload. In juxtaposition to the spectacular deluge of images, and the allure of these images, the semiotics of the artist invoke a faith in our own associations, our personal mnemonic, the modern imagination (imaginatio) and invention (inventio). […] the artist tries to subvert the narcissism of a contemporary world that doesn’t want to change. There’s no childlike innocence or adolescent rebellion a la graffiti in Lagos’ works, but instead a politically-rooted criticism against acquired and media-constructed images, meanings and values”.
He was born in Athens, Greece in 1970.
Between 1988-1997 he studied Architecture-Engineer at the National Technical University of Athens.
From 1997-2002 he associated with many well known Architectural Offices in Athens. He has been working solo in architecture and building construction.
In 2002-2006 he studied at the School of Fine Arts under J. Psychopedis.
His works exist in many museums and private collections in Greece and in many countries abroad.
From 2008 collaborates with Zoumboulakis galleries.