DescriptionLeo () is the fifth astrological sign of the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Leo. In astrology, Leo is considered to be a 'masculine', positive (extrovert) sign. It is also considered a fire sign and is one of four fixed signs.In Greek mythology, the constellation of Leo is explained through the tale of Heracles and the Nemean lion. More than a lion, this beast was the sibling of the infamous Sphinx whom Oedipus encounters. The creature had terrorized the countryside for years and all weapons were useless against it. Hercules was sent to kill the beast by Hera; as an illegitimate son of Zeus the goddess hated him and hoped for his failure. Hercules, however, proved successful in defeating the Nemean Lion, literaly wearing his victory by making a cloak and helmut from the creature's hide. In honor of this great feat, Zeus set the form of the fearsome Lion in the night sky.
Giannis Tsaganos, Athens Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Giannis Tsaganos was born and raised in Athens, Greece by a mother whose great interest in any kind of artistic expression was definitely transmitted to him. Therefore, after high school, his inclination to painting urged and assisted him to make the decision to follow the path of art. He started his studies by attending classes of graphics in a private school and he went on to attend classes of Fine Arts and Technology, where he gained the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) of Middlesex University. He has also attended seminars on sculpture and photography, thus obtaining spherical knowledge and scope of the artistic field. He worked by the side of a well-known Greek painter for two years, continuing to enrich and raise his artistic identity. He has been a collaborator at the Spazio Schizzo Momento, a company which promotes and sells works of art. After that, he has worked on projects dealing with the artistic decoration of products for a number of companies and small industries. He is occupied with a variety of topics in his painting, with the human depiction having the dominant place. The figures in his works originate from the world of mystery and imagination, being imposing, cryptic, often weird, sometimes intensely coloured, sometimes being monochromatic. He often makes use of symbols springing from worlds that have been long lost or signs of a future reality. Colour and design co-exist in harmony, easing the spectators’ vision to wander on and over the painting and gradually discover the hidden elements of the composition. The hybrid figures, the fairies, all the creatures of a subconscious mythology which are present in his painting denote the productive influence of the artist by the works of Bosch, Dali, Giger and Koen. He penetrates the microcosm of the human body and the engineering structures thus portraying and composing pictures of vigorous colouring and strict space organization. His art thematology also contains still life (vanitas, chess patterns, musical instruments), landscapes, abstractions, while he is also concerned with the representation of ancient Greece. His sculptural works and his structures, where the human figure also dominates are remarkable, too. He uses a variety of materials, like airbrush, acrylic colours or Indian ink in his paintings. He has taken part in a number of group exhibitions in Athens in the past 4 years. Since August 2007 he has his works displayed in a gallery in the area of South-West Greece called Mani, while in March 2008 he had his first individual exhibition in the art gallery Manifactura in the centre of Athens.