Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis was born in 1956 at Athens of Greece. He studied Painting at the Scuola Libera Del Nudo of the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples in Italy, and obtained a Laurea in Geological Sciences at the University of the same city. He studied Computer Science at the EL.KE.PA of Athens. He enhanced his education and experience by learning Sumi-e, Comic Design, Incision & Printmaking, Artistic Book-binding and Graphics Design.
He is a regular member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Greece's official professional guild of fine artists, supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture
He worked as a Systems Engineer and Fine Artist until 2003, when he decided to focus exclusively on the Fine Arts. Since then has lived in Athens where he works as a Painter, Illustrator, Tutor of Fine Arts and Fantasy Fiction Writer.
He founded the “Romantic Anonymous Fellowship”, Athenian group of the “Stuckism International” movement of Fine Artists.
He writes and illustrates two series of fantasy fiction graphic literature: “The Chronicles of the Archipelago” and “The Chronicles of the West”.
His painting oeuvre has, until now, been presented at eight personal shows in Athens and Kythera Island and at several group shows in Montreal, Nicosia, London, Rome, Hamburg, Liverpool, Florence, Athens and Canterbury.
His oeuvre is mainly symbolist with several references to the International Gothic, the Italian Renaissance, the Flemish and German Primitives, the Japanese Sumi-e, the "Sezessionstil", the "Neue Sachlichkeit", to Surrealism, and to some schools of European Comic.
Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis
Painter – Illustrator – Art Instructor
“la Rosa & la Spada” Fine Arts Studio
47 Poulopoulou str. 11851 Athens, Greece
tel +30 2103466172, +30 6908731601
Personal Art - Shows
October 1986, Untitled, Placa art Gallery, Athens.
May 2000, Untitled, Democritos Gallery, Athens.
June 2010, Fine Art for Food, Cafe de l' Art, Athens
December 2010, Sumi-e: the traditional ZEN painting of Old Japan, Art Gallery Cafe, ÁèÞíá
June 2011, “The Sef-Vindication of El Cicada (Art as a social asset)”, Ash-In-Art, Athens
August 2011, “Glimpses of a hidden world (a Sumi-e Show)”, Kythera Art-Chamber, Kapsali, Kythera
November 2014, “The Illustration from my Graphic Novel 'the Gift of Kannon'”, Chili Art Gallery, Athens
April 2016, “Personal Dreams and Collective Nightmares”, Chilli Art Gallery, Athens
November 2001, 2nd "Salon d'automne international des beaux-arts de Ìontreal", Ìontreal
June 2002, Cyprus art, Strovolos, Nicosia
October 2002, 3rd "Salon d'automne international des beaux-arts de Montreal", Ìontreal
September 2003, Biennale D'arte Contemporanea "Ippolito Caffi", Rome
October 2006, "The Triumph of Stuckism", John Moores University, Liverpool
December 1st - 9th 2007, 6th Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea, Florence
August 2009, “Getting Accross 09”, Nicaean Community Cultural Center, Athens
May 2010, “Under the Cover of Romantic Anonymity: The 1st Stuckist Event in Greece", Ash-In-Art, Athens (I was also the curator of that show)
August 2010, “ Getting Accross 10”, Syros Community Cultural Center, Syros Island.
November 2010, "ROMANOS & Friends: golden Wishes for 2011", Franco-Hellenic Association, Athens
February 2011, “OUR Art comments on THEIR Crisis”, Ash-In-Art, Athens
April 2011, “Stuckists, The Enemies of Art 2011”, Lauderdale House, London
July 2011, “4th Artogether Festival”, “six Dogs” Gallery, Athens
November 2011, “30 years of National Human Rights Comitee”, An Art Group – Show of the Chamber Of Visual Arts Of Greece, “Melina Mercouri” Municipal Cultural Center, Athens
July 2012, “5th Artogether Festival”, “six Dogs” Gallery, Athens
September 2012, “1st Stuckist Tarot Card Exhibition ”, Islington Art Factory, London
October 24 2014 – November 30 2014, “Resistance Nowadays”, An Anti-fascist Art Group – Show of the Chamber Of Visual Arts Of Greece, Municipal Art Gallery of Athens
October 1 2015 – Dicember 11 2015, “Remodernising the Mainstream”, 70 paintings by 42 Stuckist artists, Studio 3 Gallery of the University of Kent, Canterbury
November 19 2016, “The Stuckists Astrology Show”, St Paul's Church, Camden Square, London
April 18 – 28 2017, “The Stuckists at Cass Art Islington”, The Cass Art space, London
"The Academic Provincialism of Contemporary Greek Art and a Proposed Stuckist Antidote", "The Triumph of Stuckism" Symposium, Arts & Design School, John Moores University, Liverpool, U.K., October 2006
“Pamphlets from the Wilderness, an attempted description of the contemporary art-scape in nouveau-greece '... and many other places …' ” (in Greek), Ash In Art publications, 2010, ISBN 978-960-88656-8-
“The Gift of Kannon: a tale from the Chronicles Of The Archipelago” (in Greek), Self-published e-book, ISBN 978–960–93–6422-5
Dr Robert Janas (2009) "Stuckism International: The Stuckist Decade 1999 – 2009", Victoria Press, London, ISBN 0-907165-28-1
Art Reveal Magazine, 24th Issue (Jan 24, 2017) Pages 70 - 75 ISBN 9781366435316