Anestis Ioannou (b.1992) is a visual artist who lives and works in Athens.  He holds a Master’s Degree (MFA) from LUCA School of Arts, Brussels (2018). He has graduated from the Department of Fine Arts and of the Sciences of Art, University of Ioannina (2015), where he received the Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Fine Arts School, University of Castilla la Mancha, Spain (2014).

Ioannou’s practice has a multifaceted nature, which encompasses a wide range of media. Often drawing upon autobiographical, historical and sociological sources, he explores the relationship between the urban environment, social fabric, and the construction of our own subjectivities. 

He was awarded the ARTWORKS fellowship by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2020-2021) and he has participated in exhibitions, projects and artist in residency programs in Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Croatia, Serbia, and France.

 Ioannou is the co-founder of NOTUS Studio, an artist-run space and a non-profit artist in residency program, in Athens (est. 2017). He is also the co-founder of DELIVERART, a collective project and a moving experience that takes place in the streets of Athens (est. 2019).


2016 – 2018                                                                       - MFA, LUCA school of arts, Brussels, Belgium
2010 – 2015          - School of Fine Arts and of the Sciences of Art, University of Ioannina (UOI), Greece
2013 – 2014        - Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha (UCLM), Cuenca, Spain

Fellowships / Awards:
2020    - Artworks: Stavros Niarchos Fellowship Program, 2020, Athens (GR)

Exhibitions :

2021   - After Sunset /solo exhibition curated by Katerina Nikou / Crux Galerie (GR)

Selected Group Shows : 

2020   - Art-Athina 2020 (online edition) with Crux Galerie (GR)

2019    - Foundation(s) / Hydroexpress project / Piraeus (GR)
- Outdoor Video Projection / Kandija Bay / Losinj (HR)
- In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer / Ela projects / Athens (GR)

2018    - Acropolis at the bottom / Nikos Kessanlis Hall, ASFA / Athens (GR)
- to Flower to Flow / Sint-Lucas / Brussels (BE)
- Reunion  / Kunstpodium T / Tilburg (NL)
- Since when don’t they like pink? / Back to Athens (Visis 105) / Athens (GR)
- Nothing special: just poetics of becoming / Cheapart Gallery / Athens (GR)
- Monuments, but not heavy / Temporary Art Center (TAC) / Eindhoven (NL)
- Still Absent / NOTUS studio / Athens (GR)

2017    - Biennale ‘Mulhouse 017’ / Parc Expo / Mulhouse (FR)
            - Is it you or is it me? - (two-person exhibition) / Pink House / Antwerp (BE)
            - AnD / HOGC 0.50 / Leuven (BE)
            - Take over, 'DOI presents: Anestis Ioannou' / Kavka / Antwerp (BE)

2016    - Aristotelous project: Antagonism / Kalfayan Galleries / Thessaloniki (GR)
           - Nothing special: just not opium / Cheapart Gallery / Athens (GR)
           - 1460 ArtDays / Artwall Athens project space / Athens (GR)
           - Crossing the limit - by FIST / Artwall Athens project space / Athens (GR)

2015    - In Art (2015-16) / Zina Athanassiadou Gallery / Thessaloniki (GR)
            - Color 'n' Space (degree project show) / UOI / Ioannina (GR)
            - SAF (street art festival) / Helexpo TIF / Thessaloniki (GR)
            - Tank of dreams / Cultural center of Eleusina "Leonidas Kanellopoulos'' / Eleusina GR)
            - The Tangle of Emotions / Municipal Gallery of Ioannina / Ioannina (GR)
            - Inspire/ Effective spaces / Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) / Thessaloniki (GR)
            - Conversations / The Loft (by Collage) / Athens (GR)

2014    - Art and the city / City Link - Spyrou Miliou Gallery / Athens (GR)
2013    - Fear: The art negotiation / Conference center ‘Karolos Papoulias’ / Ioannina (GR)

Curating / Organizing: 

2019     - DELIVERART / Center of Athens / in collaboration with Myrto Katsimicha, Marina Papadaki and Vangelis Savvas



2018      -On-Site, "YUGOSLAV SOCIALIST MONUMENTS AND MEMORIAL SITES", fully funded by the German Cultural Foundation, CZKd, Gegenwartskunst Siegen and MNAC, Belgrade (SRB)

Workshops, Collaborations :

2017    -'Remainders', workshop with Edgar Schmitz, NETWERK : center for contemporary art, Aalst (BE)
            -'Doi lab', collaboration with Doi collective, Antwerp (BE)

2015    -'Inspire: effective spaces', workshop with Hermann Pitz, MMCA, Thessaloniki (GR)

Publications and catalogs:

2019   -’FOUNDATIONS’, Hydroexpress project’s limited publication of 100, (GR)
2018    - 'to Flower to Flow', catalog, (BE)
             - 'Meesterlijk Eindhoven', article on:, (NL)
          2017    - Biennale 'Mulhouse 017', catalog, (FR)
            2015    - 'Deconstruction', limited edition of 20, (GR)
            - 'Color and space' -Anestis Ioannou-, (GR)
            - 'Tank of dreams', catalog, (GR)
            -'Inspire- Effective spaces', catalog, (GR)

Public collections:

          - Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art(MMCA),Thessaloniki (GR)