Varelas Costume design

Jannis Varelas
© Christian Knörr

The Greek artist Jannis Varelas was born in Athens in 1977. After studying at the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Royal College of Art in London, he now lives and works between Athens and Los Angeles. With his works, Varelas explores the form and cultural representations of the human figure and its psychological landscape. The artist uses objects, costumes and interior-like spaces that he reconstructs in his studio as indicators of narrative and identity. His works are part of worldwide public and private collections, including the Albertina Museum, the Belvedere Museum, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, the 'Amma Foundation', the Onassis Foundation Collection, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the Benaki Museum, the Saatchi Collection, the Zabludowicz Collection, the Lieven Declerck Collection or the Irene Panagopoulous Collection. His work has been the subject of international solo exhibitions, including 'Salted milk, the fire is Blue' (Krinzinger Gallery, Vienna 2022), 'Marlows' Dreams' (The Breeder, Athens 2022), 'The Island' (Forsblom Gallery, Helsinki 2020), 'Jannis Varelas' (Tennis Elbow, New York 2019), 'Monster' (Onassis Cultural Center, Athens 2017) or 'Sleep My Little Sheep Sleep' (Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, USA 2012). In Herbert Fritsch's 'Vergeigt', Jannis Varelas is engaged at Theater Basel in the 2022/23 season.

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