Alexandros Simopoulos is a multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator from Greece, born 1990. He studied International relations and Humanitarian Law in Panteion University in Athens, School of International Studies, Communication and Culture, participated in the viewers program in the Athens School of Fine Arts and received an MA in Visual Arts and Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts with a scholarship from the University of the Arts London. He has worked with NGO's, galleries and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad as an artist, but as a researcher and administrator as well. Regarding his art practice, his works span across both indoor and outdoor spaces, using a wide variety of mediums. He has been really active in the Greek urban art scene , exhibited solo in Athens, London and Malta (Zadig w/CacaoRocks ,Gallery Sarri 12 2014/ Animistic Futurism, Vessel Athens 2015/ Notions of the Afterlife, Genesis Gallery London 2016, Plantarium, Esplora/Valletta18 2018) and in group shows in the UK, Mexico, Spain, USA and Greenland (Nuuk Museum, Greenland/ Besiktas International Festival, Turkey/ Loures Arte Publica, Portugal/ No Respect, Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece etc). He has painted murals in various countries, from Spain and Germany, to Greenland and India. His work is based on a visual language full of symbolism that uses nature, oral tradition, folk mythology and legend as key-points to discuss the human condition and reflect to the current social and political context. Initiating from a practice that was rooted in graffiti and being an active muralist for years, a big interest of his is working on and questioning aspects of the public and urban space. Traveling and exploring new localities is key for the evolution of his work. He is also interested in community engagement and participatory methodologies with local communities, residents or artists, craftsmen etc when it comes to producing murals and site-specific work.
“Through the Fulbright Artist Residency Award, I will be participating in the Santa Fe Art Institute “Truth and Reconciliation” residency, continuing my artistic research. I would like to work with people from the native community of Santa Fe, collaborate and create studio but public work as well. I would like to blend my research regarding oral tradition, with my fascination to collaborate with local communities and create work with a positive impact on the public space. I am really interested in how art can be used to revive and give testimony to the history of the people, their oral tradition and counter-narratives that might be able to correspond to the issues they face today as well as connect to their current cultural, social and political identity. My interest starts from historic examples of the Native American protest culture, like the Pueblo Revolt and expands to mythology and contemporary narratives.”