Dimitri comes from
a long line of Greek sculptors dating back to the 2nd Century BC on
the island of Milos, Greece. This island is where Dimitri's Great, Great
Grandfather discovered the famous statue "Venus De Milo" in
1820. The statue is now on exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Dimitri's family still resides on Milos today.
Dimitri was born in the United States and grew up
surrounded by the post 1950's Abstract Art Movement as well as the contemporary
award winning architectural designs of his father. The groundbreaking
work of local artists Robert
Rauschenberg and Duane
Hanson were also early influences.
Dimitri left the United States in 1981 and went to France to study traditional
painting and sculpture at Beaux Arts in Paris and L'Institut Pour Les
Universites Americaines in Avignon. He also studied at Cezanne's
atelier in Aix en Provence before traveling throughout Europe and
the Mediterranean, expanding his knowledge of classical forms and design.
It was during this period that he began to merge his classical training
with new ideas, thus forming a unique style of his own.
Dimitri's paintings and sculpture integrate large scale abstracted forms
with natural or painted surfaces on canvas, concrete, tempered glass
and most notably, cast and extruded steel. The metal is often left in
an oxidized state or washed with acid to leave a vibrant and earthy
patina. This organic and richly textured quality brings out a warmth
that is characteristic of much of his recent work using that medium.
Dimitri is the founding president of A.N.E.W.
Museum / Galleries