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Dimitri Likissas (1969) was born and raised in Belgium and has Greek roots. Around his early 20’s he moved to the Caribbean where his career evolved from being a graphic designer to a corporate director of a media publishing company.
From that point forward he has turned into a full time artist painter and his creations have discovered their way into numerous private collections mostly in Europe and America.
His colored dots arrangements, transform imagery into abstract/geometric forms. He explores the unlimited potential of chromatic and tonal scale, visual planes and volume with a two-dimensional framework. Viewing his dynamic works of art is an exciting optical experience.
He is influenced by his popart heroes Keith Haring (which he has personally met as a teen), Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
He has evolved from his earlier style which included a same single colored dot pattern with a superimposed subject, while today, the main element or subject coalesces within the pattern of labor-intensive, individually colored dots. For him, the pattern of dots serve as references to living organisms, atoms, i.e. the idea that matter is made up of discrete units. These patterned dots cohabitate in harmony. Many ask him “Why dots and not squares?” because for him dots (circles) keep on moving and rolling, squares are restrictive.
His pictographic arrangement seems to emerge ahead of our vision boundaries.
As the colored spots matrix progress and retreat, undulate and combine, they imitate the way in which the universe works in the lively sphere of both the micro and macrocosms
Dimitri Likissas pursues color relationship and brings a considerable dexterity of color theory, a deep-seated sense of rhythm and formational aspects to each painting.
Dimitri Likissas is a visual wizard whose art defies spatial constraints. He has developed his own optical language and inimitable style. With utmost proficiency he invites us to view the world as magical, fluid and invigorating panorama. Through his paintings we sense our universe with a new range and fascinating perspective. His style emits joy, peace and express convey a vibrant energy.
From nearby his paintings exuberate an expression of mystery and wonder. (From close we just see colored dots, our conscious can’t interpret what it’s seeing, while from far, the dots melt into a cosmos which we immediately understand.
His wish is to take his art observers on imaginary journeys as they wander and unravel the optical effects of his paintings. He says, “I hope that my art invites observation and lets viewers have visual discoveries.”
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