Costis Georgiou in Granada. The colors of agonyJos? Luis Plaza Chill?n, Professor of History of Art, Granada, 8/9/1998
There is something about the work of Costis Georgiou that makes it very personal; yet at the same time eccentric and unique. Representing on the one hand the demanding phases of traditional descriptive painting (sense of internal space, appearance of faces posing for a portrait, or even of pets and additional use of old materials like oil in canvas, as well as a strict geometric discipline of shapes), while on the other hand reflecting views far from being orthodox, with no compromises, driven rather towards the most extreme Avant Garde and drawn again by Rimbaud?s call and by the absolute need of modern times. Consequently, tradition and today co-form the spirit of this exhibition on its whole, depicting nothing more and nothing lees than the personal aesthetic course of this great Greek artist; a course owed to a cartain moral and poetic ideal which penetrated gloriously the twentieth century, called artistic freedom.
Therefore, Costis is the recipient of a tradition in painting rooted rather in classic forms and at the same time he is an example of an avant garde continuer towards a journey with no turning back, aiming at the re-evaluation of expression, as fundamental value of the human soul. This is why he drifts in a complicated world, full of passion, emotion, pain and anguish. A clear mirror reflecting the end of the century and the end of the millennium.
Jos? Luis Plaza Chill?n
Professor of History of Art