Filippos Drosos

Filippos Drosos

Thessaloniki, Europe, Greece

About Filippos Drosos

My name is Filippos Drosos. I was born in Thessaloniki two months after the official presentation of the first Walkman and about a month and half before the first edition of Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”.

My childhood memories consist -to a perhaps irrational extent- of paintings, drawings, and objects made of clay, wood, paper etc. Every new material I could lay my hands on, when found not edible, after a necessary testing of course, automatically became food for thought and was turned into a toy or a creative challenge. Because of this need to create, or sometimes to destroy, I got to work so as to improve my artistic abilities.

At the age of twelve and for the next three years, I took painting lessons and was first introduced to water and oil colours. A few years later I got acquainted with sketching and architecture drawing lessons and a year later I attended the School of Graphic art and Design at the Technological Institute in Athens. More particularly I got a BA in Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art. A world full of (mostly ) non-edible materials and a variety of techniques was presented to me through me studies, and I was first introduced to the Art history.

Since 2005 I worked as a conservationist of antiquities in different excavation sites in Pella and Thessaloniki, while lately I also work in the conservation and restoration of buildings.

Despite my professional engagements, most of my free time was dedicated to painting, and the creation of objects with stained glass, metal, glass, wood and a variety of other materials. Naturally after some time my home got crammed with paintings and other artworks. This practical ‘problem’ somehow pushed me to externalize my work, as the works themselves ‘demanded’ to break free and get to know other people.

I understood then that artistic creation, besides satisfying my need to get myself and everything around me dirty as much as I can, is predominantly a means of expressing and communication my feelings and ideas. As such my works pressed me to expose them as well as myself to a wider audience.

I first exhibited my paintings in 2005 in a collective exhibition at the Water Museum in Thessaloniki. Two personal exhibitions followed, at the Municipality of Giannitsa (2008), at Alatza Imaret exhibition space in Thessaloniki (2010), and three at Wine-Bar Restaurant Paparouna in Thessaloniki (2013, 2015, 2016). In 2017, I once again took part in a collective exhibition at the Greek Archaeologists Association in Athens. In the same year, I was accepted as a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts.

On the one hand, my communication with an audience and its positive reaction to my work, combined with my conviction that art should be accessible to all people regardless of class, economic status or education, on the other, lead to a decision: to start Plan B Art. In the autumn of 2017, my partner and I built a space dedicated to art, communication and expression, where I create and permanently exhibit my works.

Education

1989-1991 PAINTING LESSONS
1996-1997 FREE HAND DRAWING COURCES
1998-2003 BSc IN CONSERVATION OF ANTIQUITES AND WORKS OF ART, FACULTY OF FINE ARTS AND DESIGN, T.E.I. OF ATHENS

Exhibitions

2005 EXHIBITION AT WATER MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI.
2008 EXHIBITION AT CULTURAL CENTER OF MUNICIPALITY OF GIANNITSA.
2010 EXHIBITION AT ALAJA IMARET, THESSALONIKI.
2013 EXHIBITION AT PAPAROUNA WINE BAR - RESTAURANT, THESSALONIKI.
2015 EXHIBITION AT PAPAROUNA WINE BAR - RESTAURANT, THESSALONIKI.
2016 EXHIBITION AT PAPAROUNA WINE BAR - RESTAURANT, THESSALONIKI.
2017 EXHIBITION AT GREEK ARCHAEOLOGIST ASSOCIATION BUILDING (S.E.A.), ATHENS.
2017 PERMANENT EXHIBITION AT MY NEW ART STUDIO, "PLAN B ART".