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CRISOSTOMO MOUSMOULIDIS / dit: CRISOSTOMO (Greece, Xanthi b. 1958 / act: Athens)

Crisostomo Crisostomo Mousmoulidis was born on 19 August 1958 in Xanthi, Greece. He studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence (1977-1981) under Fernando Farulli; history of art at the Università di Bologna (1982-1983) under Umberto Eco; and philosophy at the Università Internazionale dell'Arte, Florence (1982-1985) under Carlo Ludovico Ragianti. He has worked in book illustration, and since 1986 has taught art at the 4th School of Paleo Phaleron, Athens.

The art of Crisostomo is distinguished for the diversity of its expressive modes. In his large-scale compositions he combines paper mache, fabrics and various objects. The coating of his surfaces, usually in one color, accentuates the relief quality of the entire work. Endowed by symbolic traits, his works give the impression of funerary monuments about the passionate course of every-day life. In his constructions he appropriates old wooden boxes, in which he intervenes by creating secret openings and encorporating within them mirrors, photographs, magnets and generally small objects, in an endless game of subversions, surprises, illusions and reflections. Of special intertest are his drawings in ink or watercolor on the theme of the female nude.

Crisostomo has presented the following personal exhibitions: Paratiritis, Thessaloniki (1994, 1997); Epsilon, Thessaloniki (1995); Exostis, Thessaloniki (2001); Academy of Northern Greece, Xanthi (2002). He has also taken part in the following group exhibitions: New Artists: Crisostomo - Iordanis Roumeliotis - Bruno Gratas, Vellidio Cultural Center, Thessaloniki - Saint-Étienne (1993); Mylos, Thessaloniki (1995); De Valigia (Suitcase), Railroad Stations, Thessaloniki - Florina - Edessa - Drama - Rome (1997); Academy of Northern Greece, Xanthi (2003); Crisostomo & Nikos Kryonidis, Melina Merkouri Cultural Center, Athens (2004).

Crisostomo currently lives and works in Athens. He is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2007]

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