Antonis Donef

Untitled

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Year 2021
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Nominated by Alexandros Diogenous

About the work

I try not follow a precise plan when making a collage of pages. Of course, I choose the books that I want to use. I am partially aware of the content, but I try not to read the text when I actually make the collage onto canvas. There is an element of surprise: the text plays a crucial part in terms of the freedom and spontaneity of the ideas that I draw. I feel the need of encryption when I make the drawing.

About the artist:

Born in 1978 in Sofia, Antonis Donef lives and works in Athens. Graduated from Athens School of Arts (1999-2004); and Madrid University of Fine Arts (2002-2003).

Donef developed a love/hate relationship with books from a very young age when his grandmother made him read old volumes from her library. The idea of creating works on their pages started developing back then, of course unconsciously. Soon after graduating he started collecting old books. Then he came across an old book from his childhood upon which he had made several drawings. They were very simple and yet they added different meaning to the written words. It was then that he started researching old books, manuscripts and vintage printed matter.

His works are held in public and private collections UAE Royal Family Collection, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority Collection, the Dakis Joannou DESTE Foundation collection, and the European Central Bank Collection.

Selected exhibitions include Neo, Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid (2019); “The Cheat”, Kalfayan Galleries Athens (2017); Casado Santapau Gallery, Madrid (2016); The Breeder Gallery, Athens (2012); AMETRIA, Benaki Museum and DESTE Foudation, Athens (2015); Hell As Pavillion, curated by Nadia Argyropoulou, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Valentina Bonomo, Rome (2009); Athensville, curated by Marina Fokidis, Hellexpo, Athens (2008); Visual Arts in Greece 3, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2008); and Exibition of the Honors, Graduates of the School of Fine Arts of Athens, Benaki Museum, Athens (2004).

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