Sokratis Evgenidis is a Greek painter, born in 1958 in Patras. From a very early age, he showed a great interest in painting and finally followed this artistic path, being very active in the period 1983 to 1988. In 1985, Dimitris Mitaras, Dean of the Athens School of Fine Arts, was impressed by his artistic flair and asked him to attend the School, as a special talent.
At that time he had already developed other activities and which did not allow him to pursue his dream. Dimitris Mitaras, understanding his increased obligations, gave him the unique privilege of tutoring him during his free time, from 1985 to 1987. He has also attended freelance drawing and painting lessons from the Russian School in Florence and Rome.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
It is certain that fate bequeathed it to me, this balance of soul and mind, it is not something I did, maybe I only caused it a little, the sure thing is that the Lord made his choice for me, I just paint by recording our evolution, I feel lucky and blessed!
How would you describe your own personal style?
I don't think that the artist "should" choose a style, the artist should not chase headlines, nor specialization, his role is to awaken, to be reflecting and to be "bothering" when required. Throughout our ''journey'', with our brushes, hammers and even our nails, we are obliged to fight to the end for the benefit of mankind, the planet and the universe!
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Man has the illusion that he is Sovereign on earth, he has not yet realized that he is a "traveler", when he realizes it and I wish that it will not be too late...., then he will enjoy the route! So I would like to play a role, which with my art, will help in the realization of this process of life!
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
That it has to do with life and its evolution, with the participation of good science, without science and colour, time "freezes"!
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
Of course, just because I'm not worthy to exclude some, there are so many Giants, who took me on their shoulders!
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
No, I said it above, the artist in my opinion must carry out his creation with any tool, even with his fingernails!
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
Everything that in my opinion is contrary to the quality of life and our evolution as a human species. We are all, without exception, obliged to identify with the evolution of the smooth process, each of us is more important than the other!
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
By watching the developments, I identify my feelings with fact and I try with a combination of reality and imagination to stimulate the instinct of the friends of art, if I manage to move even one person in the whole world, then I have succeeded, if manage two, then it is worth continuing, if it's much more, then, I won....!
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
The day I will plan my activities will be a day without any meaning for me, the "journey" is unpredictable, I prefer to enjoy the route!
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
Art is unique, like love, it is a personal relationship, if you show up in other relationships at the same time, the result will have side effects!
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
I didn't do anything magical, in a magical way, art does it on its own. ‘’Art and inspiration for the artist is like breathing, you don't think when you breathe’’ (my motto)
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
All my artworks are like my children, even in "special" children the parent shows more affection!
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
There are too many, they look like giants, it's not right to mention some names and exclude others!
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
Yes, I would very much like to go back 2.5 thousand years, to Ancient Greece!
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
Perhaps the most crucial question, but also equally the most difficult to answer.
I believe that the artist should not stay dwelling in the same things, artistically, technically, creatively and a thousand and two more, the artist is "sent" by God, to cultivate art, to socialize, to participate in the evolutionary process, for the benefit of humanity and of the universe.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Never "sleep" Artistically
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
Yes, the African Sculptors, their art is so rich and exemplary, the method, the materials and the patent tools, they enchant me, they could teach at the best Schools of Fine Arts in the World.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
Yes, I have left some works in the middle, I have wondered many times, if I want to finish them or let them ''become'' alone ..... and probably the second one will win!
What are you working on at the moment?
It is an interesting artistic period for me, first of all, I try to combine and "place" in our Galaxy and in the universe the beauties of our planet and especially of Greece, where I live, at the same time I try to capture every ecological or other intervention with possible unpleasant effects on Man, the Planet and the Universe.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?
Of course, in many cases, each one from them, left me personally with stigmas, knowledge, culture, exchange of views and, most importantly, inner fulfillment!
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?