The ongoing Prosopa (Persons) series is comprised of more than 50 portraits of inspirational people worldwide, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jose Marti, Terry Fox, Albert Schweitzer, Grigoris Afxentiou. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Leo Tolstoy, Emiliano Zapata, Mark Twain, Roald Amundsen, Simon Bolivar, Hugo Chavez, Hokusai and more. The portraits are executed in the traditional Byzantine iconographic style.
The Prosopa (Persons) collection had a major exhibition in Greece as part of the cultural programming for the 2004 Olympic Games. Here is the press release:
The Port of Piraeus Organization hosts in Xaveri Coast from the 11th till the 30th of August 2004, the art Exhibit “Prosopa” of Yannis Gigas and Panayiota Kouvari.
Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti, Saladin, Truganini and other universal figures of the Good Battles, met in Xaveri, painted with the greek visual language, so to point out the spiritual way to demolish the Walls as well as the way that heroic prototypes unite and resurrect the peoples of the World.
The creation of this human chain that the pride and civilization of the peoples gave birth to, doesn´t stop with the personalities that are exhibited in Xaveri Coast. The project is of more than a hundred personalities, and the two artists would be glad to collaborate with any other artist who serves the traditional Greek (“Byzantine”) art.
Images from the exhibition: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4 | Photo 5 | Photo 6 | Photo 7
An exhibition of “Prosopa” in 2012 had the honor to be the central event in the anniversary for the 30 years of “Aigaion” publishing in Lefkosia (Nicosia), Cyprus
“Prosopa” participated in 2013 and 2014 exhibitions of “AD Gallery” in “Art Athina”
March 2016. The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Hellenic Republic inaugurated its Cultural Centre, “Francisco de Miranda”, on 6, Haritos street in Kolonaki central Athens in the presence of his Excellency the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Frederic Farid Stephan Fernandez – Coustolle.
An exhibition of artists Yiannis Gigas and Pegy Kouvari opened its doors entitled, “Defensores de los Pueblos: El Iconostasio de la Lucha Anticolonial”.
“Prosopa” participated in the “AD Gallery” pavilion at the 10th edition of Drawing Now Paris
DRAWING NOW PARIS / LE SALON DU DESSIN CONTEMPORAIN (March 30th – April 3rd 2016)
2017 – 2018
“Prosopa” has been selected to represent Greece in II Bienal del Sur: Pueblos en Resistencia, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Armando Reveron,
Caracas VE (December 3 – February 2018). Greece is the only European country that participates.
“Prosopa” participated in the “AD Gallery” exhibition “On a Small Scale: Pop-Up Show”, AD Gallery, Athens GR (December 2017- January 2018).
“Prosopa” participated at the 6th edition of Athens Biennale, under the title ANTI (November – December 2018).