The Hero’s Journey of Sotiris Vardakis

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I love the fact that the craftmanship in my works is so evident and of such a quality. At the same time it possesses a strong conceptual basis, that is resulting from historical research and formalistic composition.That makes my work unique, highly aesthetic and deeply meaningful.

What is my idea of happiness? ︎My idea of happiness is to be with my beloved partner and to be creative, in other words to have more and more time for my art. At this moment I am blessed with both and that makes me happy and grateful. 

What is my greatest fear? That my left hand which I use for drawing, gets paralysed. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? ︎Being too judgemental to myself.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?I admire them all and I hope they admire me too.

What is my greatest extravagance? Though I live modestly, I like to travel with great comfort. 

On what occasion would I lie? ︎To give hope when there is no hope.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? That people sometimes see only the well crafted surface and it’s me to blame because they are so well executed. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? ︎Everyday passing I am getting happier as my skills are getting  better.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would like to have deep blue-gray eyes and bigger muscles without training and anabolics.

What is my greatest achievement in work? That I stayed true to myself 

Where would I most like to live? ︎I already live where I like, in Amsterdam Netherlands and I have plans  to create my other atelier in Crete Greece, so I will be complete. 

What is my most treasured possession? My works, my atelier in Amsterdam, my talent.

What is my most marked characteristic? That I’m an extroverted introvert.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?︎ My atelier.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? ︎In my atelier.

What books influenced my life and how? “The book of disquiet ” by Fernardo Pessoa. The genius  hidden behind the common clerk, throughout his whole life. “Atlas of Anatomy” by Sobotta, and numerous catalogues of artists and artistic movements for giving me such a great  inspiration. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?︎ Some of my best minimal techno dj’sets

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? ︎Dante Alighieri, as depicted in his masterpiece “The divine comedy”

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Everyone that selflessly offers him-herself to help another. 

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? “Dancer in the dark” by Lars von Trier 

What role plays art in my life and work? Art is my work and together with my partner, the two most meaningful things in my life.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? They mean everything. That I achieved to define my destiny and write my own story.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? All the people that own my works, are great fans and sponsor me by buying my works, so I keep on creating. My partner in life though, is the one that literally stands with me all the time and completes me as an artistic being. 

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022? 1. A&O PR 2. Andrea Schwan Inc. 3. Fitz & Co 4. Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. 5. Resnicow & Associates 6. 7. Creative Exchange Agency   cxainc.com8. Global Art Agency 9. Stedelijk museum Schiedam 10. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021? ︎1. Peter van der Coelen, curator Prints and drawings Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. 2. Rodolphe Janssen, Founder director Rofolphe Janssen Gallery3. Sanne ten Brink, Head curator ING collection4. Nieck de Bruijn, Founder and owner  Upstream Gallery 5. Sheila Verdegaal, Gallery manager at Galerie Ron Mandos6. Jorien de Vries, Director at Grimm Gallery7. Zic Zerp, owner director  Zerp Gallery8. Nina Folkersma, Director at Amsterdam Art9.Hester Alberdingk Thijm, Director AkzoNobel Art Foundation 10. Ann Demeester, Director at Frans Hals Museum

What project, in 2021/2022, am I looking forward to work on? ︎I am currently developing a series of drawings based on the bank of digital images of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam 

Where can you see me or my work in 2021/2022?︎

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? My life’s motto

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? ︎Manolis Anastasakos, Art director Biomimicry Greece Research & Innovation Centre, Fiona Mouzakitis, Artist, Art Historian, Miltos Manetas, Founder at Venice Biennial’s Internet Pavilion, Ellis Kat, Curator, Director New Dacota Art center Amsterdam , Elias Kafouros, Visual Artist︎, Robert Longo, Visual Artist, Sarah Sze, Visual Artist

How can you contact me? Through my email and through my LinkedIn account 

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