Vangelis Gokas

about

Vangelis Gokas was born in Corinth in 1969. He studied at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988-1994) with professor Vangelis Dimitreas and at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona (1995-1997). In 2006 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts. His work has been featured in nine solo exhibitions, as well as in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. Including: Portals/ Neon (2021).”Theorems”, Union of Greek Art Critics, AICA Hellas, EMST (2018); 3rd Athens Biennale “MONODROME” (2011) and “In the present tense: Young Greek artists”, EMST (2007). His work can be found in museums and important private collections in Greece and abroad. Since 2011 he has been teaching as an associate professor at the Painting Studio of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Ioannina. He lives and works in Ioannina.

Vangelis Gokas appropriates images from photographs, which he reconstructs with the medium of painting. The real/virtual spaces are defined by an aura of vague mystery and allusive coverage as they are revealed to the viewer as unfamiliar, almost “romantic” landscapes, in which the observer is re-located into the created space. Even when he employs plain objects as themes, Gokas replaces the everyday gaze with a “painting” intermediation, by inviting the viewer to reconstitute the image in association with subjective experiential references.

artworks

Vangelis Gokas, <i>I am like a pelican in the wilderness, I am like an owl in the desert</i>, 2010, <br>oil on canvas, 185x215 cm

Vangelis Gokas, I am like a pelican in the wilderness, I am like an owl in the desert, 2010,
oil on canvas, 185x215 cm

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2010, oil on canvas board, 50x70 cm

Vangelis Gokas, Untitled, 2010, oil on canvas board, 50x70 cm

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from omnia caritatis, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens,
Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, <i>The hand</i>, 2011, oil on canvas, 50x70 cm

Vangelis Gokas, The hand, 2011, oil on canvas, 50x70 cm

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from omnia caritatis, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens,
Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2013, oil on canvas, 50x60 cm

Vangelis Gokas, Untitled, 2013, oil on canvas, 50x60 cm

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, installation view from omnia caritatis, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens,
Athens, Greece

Vangelis Gokas, <i>The German Hunter</i>, 2013, oil on canvas, 70x60 cm

Vangelis Gokas, The German Hunter, 2013, oil on canvas, 70x60 cm

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Τhe breaths inside my mind</i>, 2016-2017, mixed media, 5x4 cm, <br>series of images from 1 to 199, installation shot at PORTALS ΝΕΟΝ 2021

Vangelis Gokas, Τhe breaths inside my mind, 2016-2017, mixed media, 5x4 cm,
series of images from 1 to 199, installation shot at PORTALS ΝΕΟΝ 2021

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, oil on book cover, 29x21 cm

Vangelis Gokas, Untitled, 2017, oil on book cover, 29x21 cm

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, oil on book cover, 37x 29,5 cm

Vangelis Gokas, Untitled, 2017, oil on book cover, 37x 29,5 cm

Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, watercolour on paper, 37x30 cm (framed)

Vangelis Gokas, Untitled, 2017, watercolour on paper, 37x30 cm (framed)

Vangelis Gokas, <i>A.W.  (Interior)</i>, 2019-20, charcoal, 140x150 cm

Vangelis Gokas, A.W. (Interior), 2019-20, charcoal, 140x150 cm

Vangelis Gokas, <i>After a Photocopy I (Fra Angelico, Annunciation)</i>, 2020-21, oil on wood, 40x30 cm

Vangelis Gokas, After a Photocopy I (Fra Angelico, Annunciation), 2020-21, oil on wood, 40x30 cm

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Vangelis Gokas, <i>I am like a pelican in the wilderness, I am like an owl in the desert</i>, 2010, <br>oil on canvas, 185x215 cm
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2010, oil on canvas board, 50x70 cm
Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece
Vangelis Gokas, <i>The hand</i>, 2011, oil on canvas, 50x70 cm
Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2013, oil on canvas, 50x60 cm
Vangelis Gokas, installation view from <i>omnia caritatis</i>, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens, <br>Athens, Greece
Vangelis Gokas, <i>The German Hunter</i>, 2013, oil on canvas, 70x60 cm
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Τhe breaths inside my mind</i>, 2016-2017, mixed media, 5x4 cm, <br>series of images from 1 to 199, installation shot at PORTALS ΝΕΟΝ 2021
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, oil on book cover, 29x21 cm
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, oil on book cover, 37x 29,5 cm
Vangelis Gokas, <i>Untitled</i>, 2017, watercolour on paper, 37x30 cm (framed)
Vangelis Gokas, <i>A.W.  (Interior)</i>, 2019-20, charcoal, 140x150 cm
Vangelis Gokas, <i>After a Photocopy I (Fra Angelico, Annunciation)</i>, 2020-21, oil on wood, 40x30 cm

press

AVGI ANAGNOSEIS
19.09.2021
AVGI ANAGNOSEIS

Six artworks by the painter Vangelis Gokas.
A personal text by Ilias Papailiakis.

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LIFO
25.06.2021
LIFO

The Municipal Gallery of Athens presents “omnia caritatis”, a retrospective exhibition of Vangelis Gokas artwork, curated by Christoforos Marinos. The exhibition runs from June 17th till September 26th, 2021.

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FIXIT
21.03.2008
FIXIT

Vangelis Gokas – Wet landscapes

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videos

 

Two painters and the need for painting.

The show features two artists, who stand out for the way they approach the value of painting in the age of the internet and the overproduction of images. Vangelis Gokas is a painter influenced by the works of great masters such as Goya, Rembrandt, Vermeer.