Anestis Ioannou (b.1992) is a visual artist who lives and works in Athens. He holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from LUCA School of Arts, Brussels (2018). He studied painting at 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 of the University of Castilla la Mancha, Spain (2014).

 Ioannou constructs narratives that are inspired by the city’s physical and conceptual landscape. Through these spatial stories and urban memories, he reflects on the process where fluid human relationships compose urban localities. His practice encompasses a wide range of media, however, the core of his oeuvre has a painterly way of thinking.

 He has been awarded the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Artist Fellowship by ARTWORKS (2020). His first solo show titled “After Sunset” (2021), curated by Katerina Nikou, took place in  Crux gallery in Athens. Until today he’s work has been presented in exhibitions in Museums, Galleries and independent spaces in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Elefsina, Piraeus, Rethymno), Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven, Aalst), Netherlands (Eindhoven, Tilburg), Croatia ( Losinj), Serbia (Belgrade), France (Mulhouse’s Biennale) and Germany (Berlin).






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)

Solo Shows :

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

Selected Group Shows : 

2022 - ΕΙΔΥΛΛΙΑ ΟΔΟΣ (Μ.Σ.Τ.) / Eidillia odos (at CCA) (curated by Maria Maragou) / Contemporary Art Museum of Crete (CCA) / Rethymno (GR)
- Rebetiko (curated by Christoforos Marinos) / OPANDA Municipality of Athens (Municipal gallery of Athens) / Athens (GR)

- DEI meets art (curated by Katerina Koskina) / Old Thermal Power Plant of DEI / Athens (GR)
- ATHENSYN II: GOING VIRAL (curated by Sotirios Bahtsetzis and Katja Ehrhardt) / STEINZEIT Gallery / Berlin (DE)
- ΕΙΔΥΛΛΙΑ ΟΔΟΣ / Eidillia odos (curated by Maria Maragou) / Technopolis City of Athens / Athens (GR)

2021    - CC / Callirrhoë / Athens (GR)
-Art- Athina Pop Up for Crux Galerie, art fair / King George Hotel / Athens (GR)
- Art-Athina Virtual for Crux Galerie, art fair / Athens (GR)

2020   - Art-Athina Virtual for Crux Galerie / Athens (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 / moving project in the center of Athens / in collaboration with Myrto Katsimicha, Marina Papadaki, and Vangelis Savvas, Athens (GR)
2017 - 2020       - NOTUS Studio / independent project space and artist residence program / in collaboration with Vangelis Savvas, Athens (GR)



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, Catalogs, and Press:

2022   -’ REBETIKO ’, curated by Chistophoros Marinos, OPANDA, Exhibition catalog, and publication with contributions (GR)
    - 'Eidylia Odos', exhibition catalog, (GR)
             - 'DEI (PPC) Meets Art', exhibition catalog, (GR)

 2021 - The Art Newspaper - After Sunset review (GR) 

- Popaganda interview Anestis Ioannou After Sunset (GR)

 - Athinorama interview: Anestis Ioannou (GR)

- Space 52 press: (GR)
2019   -’FOUNDATIONS’, Hydroexpress project’s limited edition 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)