Joachim at the 7th International Biennale of Florence
Cyprus Artist Costas Joachim will
exhibit his latest work at the
7th International Biennale of
Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy
opening on 5th December.
who has lived and worked in Cyprus for many years, has been
selected by the Internal Committee of the International Biennale
of Contemporary Art, Florence, to participate in the 7th
International Biennale of Florence which will be held in the
historic Fortezza da Basso Conference Centre, from 5th to 13th
The Biennale in
collaboration with the United Nations, officially participates
in the ‘Dialogue Between Civilizations’ program, putting into
practice the thoughts expressed by former UN Secretary General.
The Biennale is honoured to have the High Patronage of the
President of the Italian Republic, the official endorsements of
the Ministry of Culture, the Region of Tuscany, and the Province
and City of Florence.
Biennale has selected artists within the categories of painting
– in which Costas Joachim will participate; also sculpture,
graphics, mixed media, installations, photography and digital
views expressed by the organisers and many participants, the
Biennale is most democratic and favours the meeting of artists
from all over the world who gather together in Florence for this
event to exchange ideas, with art as the common language.
The works on
show in this exhibition can be characterised as a ‘dialogue with
the canvas surface’. On the surface of the canvas, the concepts
and ideas are subject to congestion, economy of means,
abstraction and initiative creation of the Visual Image.
This is a
continuous ‘Dialogue with the Surface’
‘His style is personal and without references to other painting…
The world of Costas Joachim is particular and unique, it
captures with its lyrical character and pushes the imagination
into unknown virgin paths. Joachim echoes the inner beat of his
heart and his sensations. …Joachim’s sensuous temperament is
expressed by the enhancing of colour and shape inspired directly
from nature. This is a type of work which demands an intimate
participation by the viewer, through the abandoning of oneself
to the pleasure of vision.’
Tony Spiteris, General Secretary AICA
The basic characteristic of the painting of Costas Joachim is
the emphasis on the flowing kinetic freely drawn shapes, the
limited colour, the combination of the calligraphic line and
strong composition. In several examples of his work, the fine
graphic quality and the emphasis on free-moving forms, give a
wonderful poetic and dreamlike content to his paintings.
Vibrating surfaces, dialogues between colour and space, forms
which develop with unlimited expansion over a white depth, give
a rich expressive voice to his works and, moreover, a secret
Christou, art historian and lecturer at the University of Bonn
and the University of Salonica.