Wandering through Plaka, , the old part of Athens below the Acropolis, I came across the studio of Takis Moraitis.
Takis Moraitis hails from Cephallonia and Milos, taking up residence in Piraeus at the end of the sixties. A student of Greece, Rome and Paris, his obvious talent was soon recognized by such famous art figures as George Kouzounis, Spiros Vasilliou and Yannis Tsarouhis, each of whom helped the budding painter develop his own individualistic style with colors and lines.
The lonian Islands and the Kyklades form much of his landscape subjects, where he pays special attention to the pure blue of the Mediterranean sky, the bright sunlight and the white buildings. His has a distinctive style of fusing color and light in a dramatic evocation of romantic settings. Downstairs in the Archipelago Restaurant you will find a very different painting on the theme of “Eat, Drink and be Merry”, but again his usage of blues and golds lend a unique flavor to the hedonistic portrayal.
Moraitis has held Exhibitions in many parts of the world including Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Australia, Dubai and the Middle East, as well as Cyprus. He has also held many personal exhibitions in many parts of Greece and the Greek Islands, and his paintings have been collected for many important private collections. His works decorate palaces in the Middle East, the Presidential Palace in Cyprus, the Cyprus State Gallery and the Municipality buildings of Piraeus, Crete and Syros.
Throughout his career he has been presented with a number of awards, including those from the International Academy of Dioskouri, Italy. Today you will find Moraitis busy re-building an old house in the Plaka area of Athens, creating a special art center where he plans to host lovers of the art world and teach youngsters who a share his interest in painting Greek subjects.
I wish I had had more time to look at his works and have a chat.
He was most insistent that I look at his cellar. What he seemed to be wanting to show me, standing in the middle of what appeared to be an excavation, was a huge earthenware jar that looked like it something out of the Arabian Nights, wheich he saiod was 2,000 years old.