Polys Peslikas (b. 1973, CY) is a painter based in London. His practice also encompasses works on paper, performance, and the use of ephemera. He is interested in the constructed narratives of image and desire, and in notions of the physical in the history of western art. His methodology develops on the basis of an open, self-generating creative process and draws references from various sources, including classical mythology, folk and sacred iconography, culture elements drawn from memory and his own on-going image-library project, which began in 1990.
He creates works, the abstract and figurative elements of which oscillate between the subjects depicted and the gestures and techniques used in their representation. He is in favour of a complex and layered construction by using fragmented visual and conceptual elements that encourage open readings. His compositions often feature figures that recall classical subjects like the ‘model’ and the ‘studio’ as a way to point out, question and unsettle heteronormative conceptions of masculinity.
Solo exhibitions include: Reenactments (Bacchus), ICA Milan (IT) curated by Alberto Salvadori (https://www.icamilano.it/en/exhibitions/polys-peslikas-reenactments-bacchus), Mountain, Societa della Api Kastellorizo (Gr) curated by Christiano Raimondi, Studies on the Verticality of Mars, Mackintosh Lane (UK) curated by David Noonan (https://www.mackintoshlane.com/polys-peslikas), Studies on variations ‘malerei’, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE), The misunderstanding. The misinterpretation, Vistamare Gallery, (IT) (https://vistamare.com/artisti-polys-peslikas/), Miart – Generations: Polys Peslikas and César Domela, curated by Anthony Reynolds and Chris Sharp, The Cyprus pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2017, curated by Jan Verwoerd (https://www.cyprusinvenice.org/exhibitions/the-future-of-colour/), Impatient Youths of the Sun, Carré St Anne, Montpellier curated by Dominique Thevenot.
Group shows include: How to Build a Garden, (CY) curated by Elena Parpa, Displays, Point Center, Nicosia, curated by Andre ZIvanari, Nuit Blanche, Villa Medici Rome (IT) curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto, Stasi Frenetica, GAM - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino (IT) curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, Terra Mediterranea: In Action, NI.M.A.C & Halle 14, Leipzig (DE) curated by Yiannis Toumazis, Where Do We Go From Here?, (N.Pattichis Collection), NI.M.A.C. Nicosia (CY), The Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, French Pavilion, Rome (IT), Second Prague Painting Biennale, invited by the curatorial team of Flash Art.
Recent publication: Umm Kulthum faints on stage by Sternberg Press (https://www.sternberg-press.com/product/umm-kulthum-faints-on-stage)