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A former journalist who decided to explore his true passion in his late 30s, Christoforos Katsadiotis now presents his third solo show at the Horos Technis 24 gallery, opening on April 5.

Comprising a series of etchings, Katsadiotis?s newest work comes on the heels of a collection of life-size wire sculptures of human figures in various pensive and troubled poses and a series of portraits in a naive style aimed at mirroring the primitive state of the psyche.

Drawing on his experience as a radio host and magazine editor, Katsadiotis strips his world view of all pomp and glamour in a dark social commentary.

Katsadiotis?s professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki?s School of Fine Arts, Xenis Sahinis, notes how while the artist may not use painting as a medium in this new collection, ?he has established and developed his vision through the pictorial values of painting. And he did this until he was introduced to the wonderful world of engraving and especially etching, which has absorbed him completely as he discovers the immeasurable potential of the medium.?

The academic also notes that the works represent facades that invite the viewer to interpret. ?In a way, he urges us,? Sahinis says of the works in the exhibition, ?to find our personality and the facade in which it is embodied in so that we, as viewers, can be the protagonists in a whole new composition, which is nothing more than an illustrated part of our lives.?

Katsadiotis?s subversive works will be on display at the Horos Technis 24 gallery (38 Spefsipou, Kolonaki, tel 210.721.7897) through May 7.

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