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Greek artist Nikos Tsiaparas
can bring out the child in you. Not only he manages to capture the youngster's everyday life through his paintings, but he is also able to depict an innocence that reflects the mind games of an adult. In other words, he questions ethics, society and the belief system through colorful, pop portraits.
“In the context of my painting this can be crudely divided between ‘child’ as subject and the painter’s – therefore the viewer’s – gaze. In this respect it links to a wide range of references derived from post war art history and popular culture”, says the artist.
His paintings and drawings are generated from photographic references. This is how they capture the infants in their "strike a pose" moments that mostly represent an imitation of society. Children's subconscious leads them to stand, look and behave according to the stereotypes which we, as adults, can easily recognize. Art critic Dr. Jim Mooney explains "Tsiaparas's work represents an investigation into childhood and, in particular, explores the ways in which children act up through games, imitating the adults, enlarging their own sense of themselves; their identities, their capabilities."
While gazing at one of Nikos Tsiaparas's paintings, the feelings that arise are reflections of our own preconceptions and our own belief system. It's like having a mirror in front of us.