NICOSIA - Prominent artist and founder of Diaspro art centre in Nicosia Ioannis (Antoniou) died on Friday at the age of 58.
Ioannis, whose most famous works are his ceramics titled ‘Suitcases’, was born in Famagusta and studied at Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg.
An announcement by the Education and Culture Ministry said: “Ioannis marked the development of modern Cypriot art with a uniquely personal stamp that revealed influences of new realism, pop art and arte povera”.
It added: “As a poet of the ordinary and the insignificant, the artist presented works of great dimension, installations/environments and ‘pile ups’ of objects in a space”.
His works, from 1986 to 1989, were exhibited at Diaspro, whose co-founder was Hara Metaxa, and at Morphi Gallery in Limassol.
During that time, he also took part in group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom. In 1989, he took part in the 2nd Baghdad Biennale where he was honoured with the 1st Ceramics Prize.
In 1997, a publication called “Ioannis, the Apparent and Non-Apparent” was released at the same time his solo exhibition with the same title was on at Diaspro. More books on his works have been published.
His funeral will take place on Saturday at Salakiotissa Church in Limassol.