Bio

Takis Kozokos was born in Athens.

He graduated with honours from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tinos, having as teacher the sculptor G. Maniatakos and resumed his studies at the Athens Higher Faculty of Fine Arts (ASKT), having as teachers the sculptors: Th. Panourgias, D. Kalamaras and V. Papaioanou.

He has worked as a sculptor-restorer on the Acropolis of Athens restoration project (1990-1997) and then as an established official with the specialty of Sculptor (University Education 10) in the Acropolis Museum.

He is a member of the Chamber of Visual Arts of Greece (EETE) and he has been honoured by his colleagues as a member of juries.
He is a member of the Sculptors Association of Greece, which he served as President (of the Sculptors Association of Greece) during the period 1998-2000. Since 1988 is engaged in Visual Arts education and founded with other colleagues the Art workshops of the Municipality of Agia Paraskevi, which had been integrated among the first (1996) in the Cities Network of Art workshops of the Ministry of Culture.

As Artistic Director, manages the Art Workshops of the Ministry of Culture in the Municipality of Agia Paraskevi from 2002 to 2011.
21 scientists and Art teachers participate in the annual educational programs for about 600-800 students per year. A similar effort is being made in the Municipality of Pallini, where from 2003 to 2005 he establishes and manages as Artistic Director the Art workshop of the Spiritual and Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Pallini.

He is currently an Assistant Professor – member of the Teaching and Research Staff – at the Democritus University of Thrace in the Architecture – Engineering Faculty, where since 2001 he collaborates with the Art group of the University (G. Parmakelis – A. Michailidis – N.Thomas).

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During 2011-13 becomes a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Urban Non-Profit Cultural Society “Art and Culture Workshops”, an Artistic School for the Visual Arts, Theatre, Photography, Jewellery and Theory courses on the History of Art and Civilisation with a participation of about 300 students per year.
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All Members and the Management Board of the company offer their services voluntarily and selflessly for the purposes of the Non-profit Cultural Society.

He has held 5 Individual Exhibitions and has participated in many Group Exhibitions in Greece and abroad, mostly with the Chamber of Visual Arts of Greece (EETE) and the Sculptors Association of Greece.

He has organized and participated in 10 Public and International Sculpture Symposia on major works in stone.
The works exposed in these Symposia were ceded to Municipalities and other public bodies for the creation of Sculpture Parks in various parts of Greece.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, he has published a Training Folder for children: “… with the Faces of Art” (2006) (ISBN 960-88995-0-8)

He has published the pictorial tale: “Civilisation” (2009) (ISBN 978-960-6884-15-3).

His works are exposed in public spaces and private collections in Greece and abroad.
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The sculptor says for his work in sculpture:

Surprisingly, although the work of a sculptor is the creation/elaboration of forms, I’m not basically interested for the form itself, but for the result of a process to the revelation of the form.

The subject and the awareness of the organization of the composition of the whole project progress slowly, mature gradually and according to this evolution process the project takes its final shape and meaning.
The level of difficulty or delight depends on the need to deepen into the subject, as well as the emotional and intuitive engagement with it.
In the field of music, we would call this “improvisation”.
So, this is a really free personal expression process in a self-dialogue, the materials, the subject and the public.

What remains is the adventure, the knowledge and the effort for a more complete awareness of the deeper soul of the human being.

I use in my work informative material from the bottom of this soul, as it is imprinted in the first and eternal questions of all human beings around the phenomenon of life.

Such imprints exist very clearly in the popular mythologies, the religions and the love affairs of people as well.

Each “project” may be an entire exhibition with drawings, sculptures, texts, space interiors, fairy tales and new fictions, which aim to transfer the viewer to another space more free and symbolic.
In that space, where the game finds again its true meaning and the same meanings are released free into a brand new reading.

My work in general is not focussed on the daily matters and seems distanced, as if it looks the time backwards.

I try that my forms look at the viewer through the glass of a shop window, as if they observe too and as if they are talking to us, expecting from us a new relationship with them.

I prefer the marble for its simplicity and the special skill and patience that requires, as it does not allow you quick solutions and imposes you its own pace.

The idea that the whole history of this land, our land, is engraved in stone and marble causes my admiration.

The relationship of this material to light is unique, very similar to the black and white painting, as the qualities of grey tones offer infinity of options to the artist.

I admire the archaic pre-classical sculpture period and I consider as an unsurpassed masterpiece of all times the pediment with Apollo at Olympia, a work that you enjoy not only with your eyes, but with all your senses. The composition of sound and music produced by this masterpiece is a hum not easy to forget.

I am glad that through Art, I engrave my life and my daily occupations along with many students, people and scientists sharing common interests in the phenomenon of Art.

That is why I always remember and I’m grateful to my direct teachers in the Faculties I studied, but also those who never met but also admired their works.

Takis Kozokos – Sculptor
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Notes of Takis Kozokos
from the book: the science of Mythology of C. G. JUNG / C. KERENYI

There are moments where the most important “thoughts” are expressed only with music, as they have no chance to be expressed in any other way. Exactly the same thing happens with Mythology.
The invention of a myth forms the basis of the primitive intellect, hence of the intelligentsia in general.
The primitive man does not invent myths, but he experiences them.
Myths are the authentic revelations of the preconscious soul and have a vital sense.
These myths do not represent simply, but they are the mental life of the primitive tribe, and when it loses its mythological heritage collapses and declines immediately, like the man who lost his soul.
Mythology offers a base, a foundation.
It does not answer the question “why” but “from where”.
The mythology of a tribe is its living religion, the loss of which is a moral disaster.

It is not unrealistic to say that mythology speaks of the sources, or at least of those that initially existed.
But what are the principles, within which one can discover one’s own self? In which of these one can dive?
The principles are so many as many are the elements that compose a man’s world, as well as the man himself.

Mythology, like the severed head of Orpheus continues to sing even beyond death.

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New art work “Chimera 2014”
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New sketches book 2014
“Pandora’s BOX”
Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod’s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world.

Today the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences.

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