Anargyros Paschalis Artist Statement
Anargyros Paschalis, a student of the Athens School of Fine Arts received first and second state scholarships from the Greek Institution for state scholarships early in his studies and continued to receive recognition for his unique and moving paintings. In addition to his three exhibitions at the Athens Art Gallery, Paschalis has also exhibited at the Centre of Fine Arts in Athens, the Athens Municipal Gallery and the Shanghai Artistic Association Creative Centre. Many of Anargyros Paschalis' works are in the collection of Eurobank as well as in private collections in Greece, Brussels, and Kuwait. In October of 2016, the Athens Art Gallery presented Anargyros Paschalis' third solo exhibition of paintings "Meteora gait."
The exhibition presented a series of oil paintings on canvas focusing either on man or nature. According to the art historian, Leda Kazantzaki, the exhibition brings to mind Nietzsche's concept "vivere pericolosamente" (living dangerously). For Nietzsche it meant the secret of happiness and completeness. Anargyros Paschalis' projects deal with the essential contrast of light and darkness, life with death, taking us to the rough paths of expressionism, cubism, and surrealism. The artist is also influenced by the work of Giorgio de Chirico, Italian surrealist painter, who utilized a repertoire of highly enigmatic motifs.