Artist Statement
The starting point of my painting is landscape. To start working, I set myself up within the landscape (on the spot) because I believe that it is of utmost importance that, during the project's production, one feels the immediacy of experience. In this way, I can sense the weather parameters within which the landscape is immersed, while by direct observation, I can ensure multiple points of perspective compared to what the use of a photo would offer me. I usually elect to paint deserted, empty or semi-abandoned by human presence places because of the eerie, melancholic dimension they exude. It is important to note that my approach in painting is by no means limited to the literary "illustration" of the subject matter. Instead, my perception process is an abstract study of geological morphologic incidents, simulating a cartography process.  
Moreover, this obsession with cartography inspired me to create a body of purely abstract paintings based on the grid. Just as in landscape paintings, where every tiny brushstroke is modulated in colour as they are juxtaposed, the same applies to abstract works where every colour value changes as each square of the canvas is painted. But what is radically different in the latter is that the continuous stimulus does not derive from observing the natural world. Still, on the contrary, it is the result of an invention based on mathematical algorithms and the theory of musical counterpoint. Applying an extremely dense grid design, I aimed to produce images in which all kinds of dominant shapes entirely disappear. Instead, the work is broken down into a series of divisionism sequences of light and shadow that constantly neutralise each other, either "build-up" an eerie light. Finally, this body of paintings evolved into my first solo exhibition.
In artworks including human figures, I create a kind of theatrical setting in my studio, where the model fits into it semantically, taking on a role. I tend to paint my setups in life-size as my goal is to produce an image that is too "vivid", not only through the realistic painting effect on the actual scale but also at the level of narration. Through this project, I try to address existential issues of identity, gender, and the relationship between the two genders.
Finally, I must note that I feel the need to move to different realms of visual style from time to time, as this prevents a "drying up" of creativity, while on the contrary, introduces fresh perspectives and ideas.


My practice questions the conditions for experiencing the sublime. Is it attainable to paint a picture in an abstract language that represents the limitless? In my present research, I explore the paradox of seeing the light and color in the absence of any specific object of sight, aiming to create a sense of perceptual indeterminacy that acts upon the viewer. Indeed, some of my paintings appear as a glowing rectangular field on the wall, a cut-out opening into a dazzling void, which functions as a sort of a portal to another space-time continuum.
Furthermore, I am interested in the phenomenological experience of color, dealing with how color operates on its own terms and within the context of other colors. My practice is seeking to get into the subject matter of color and understand it through experience.
The chromatic structures are organized and escalated so as to leave viewers often with a feeling of 'destabilization' as zones of clarity interact with zones of vagueness. At the same time, the 'tricks' of visual counterpoint I introduce within a densely structured network demonstrate the kinetic potential of color, creating a kind of optical tremolo.
A sense of compression and acceleration is also present as the size of the forms gradually decreases and the frequency of 'events' occurring in the system increases. It seems that the broadly known Physics principle where you cannot have movement without its opposite -stasis finds its visual equivalent. The dialectics of static and dynamic visual elements indeed produce virtual vibration. This is how my research raises the question of visual time since I have to handle two types of rhythm: the overall 'tempo' of the work and the different speeds of the separate modules that make it up.
I follow a systemic approach to color. The works I produce are essentially platforms of 'chromatic events' that demonstrate the subtle qualitative transitions and differentiation that occur in colors in the context of their correlations. Through my paintings, I expose how color visualizes mathematical change and the uncanny atmospheres generated through specific color palettes. I engineer pigment and geometry into illusory experiences that provide clues about their material origins.
How to deal with the sensation of depth has been a big quest. There is seldom a single focal point in most of my ink paintings except the square format ones. However, it is not an unfocused space but rather one not being fixed to a single focus. I plan to develop the potential of multifocal areas versus the single focal ones in conjunction with the complex perspective parameter.
I also wonder how a polychrome can sometimes behave like a monochrome via a ubiquitous and persistent pattern that suggests void and form at the same time and how contextualization can reduce a multitude of colors to one. Translations between the theoretical and the tangible, virtual and the physical, are central to my work. Finally, I recently emphasized an optical implementation of the concept of 'variations for a theme' that resembles the popular form of baroque music. By organizing my material differently each time, I discovered that I could have an entirely diverse outcome for each work.

Artist Bio
My name is Michalis Karaiskos, and I was born in 1979 in Paphos, Cyprus. I was around five years old when a family friend, a painter from Switzerland, visited us. While sitting on the balcony, he made a quick sketch with a three-colour marker depicting the surrounding landscape. In a state of astonishment, I asked him not to stop when he said that I have to learn where to finish the drawing.

I attended tutorials at a private art school in Nicosia from early childhood until my teenage years. Therefore, I had my essential early influences and experience from the art world and practised my first attempts.

However, as my high school grades were excellent, it became ambiguous which path I had to follow. Thus, I first began my studies in Pure Sciences, graduating from the Higher Technical Institute as a Mechanical engineer with a Merit.
When I was doing my military service, I had the time to discover through reading that fine arts (similarly to music) are the material incarnation of mathematics; this is how I decided to shift to arts.

I then moved to Athens (Greece). After a year of private tutoring in drawing, I was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts, where I studied painting. In addition, I participated in three elective courses throughout the five-year course: sculpture, printmaking, fresco and portable icon techniques. At the same time, I took a three-year course study in the Theory of Music at the Athens Conservatory.

Since my graduation from the ASFA and for several years, I was self-employed as an icon-painter to earn my living. However, soon after, I returned to my painting and recently, I had my first solo show in Athens.

I have participated in group exhibitions and art residencies in Greece and abroad. In addition, my artworks are exhibited at the state gallery of contemporary art of Cyprus, among other institutions.