A painter and performer, a poet and writer, a critic and philosopher, a columnist and lecturer in Art schools of various universities, Demosthenes Davvetas is above all a citizen of the world. He has been writing articles and essays for Liberation, Figaro, Art in America, Beaux-Arts magazine and other publications since 1982, and he has also participated in the creation of catalogues and monographs of major museum artists. He has published over twenty books, including "Demon Love", "The Infidelity of the Stars", "Sounds of the Universe " and "Marina Abramovich".
From a young age, he drew and wrote in the same frame; a habit that later on when he sought to find his artistic language, gradually became the foundation of his visual identity and unique style. Scripture and image coexist harmoniously, resembling two strong branches of the same tree. As he has admitted, every artistic expression of his is an endless battle against the passing of time, a way to cover the void and absence that feared him existentially since childhood.Perhaps his fear of loneliness is what made him so popular around the artists' circles, a fearless Greek who has conquered with his talent and personality the hearts of world-renowned artists like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michelle Basquiat, James Brown, Gilbert&George, Enzo Cucchi and so many others that he has worked with. Demosthenes Davvetas has a magic way to reinvent himself regardless of time, space and circumstances, finding always ways to penetrate our mundane world with his unorthodox colours.
Kelly Kaimaki, Creative Writer / Curator
About Demosthenes Davvetas
Demosthenes Davvetas was born in Athens. He studied at the School of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and has a doctorate degree in Aesthetics from the University of Paris VIII. He is a professor at the IESA in Paris and gives masterclasses on Poetry and Modern Art at the University of Paris IV. He has also taught Philosophy of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the University of the Peloponnese, the University of Piraeus, the Strate Écolede Design in Sevres and the Créapole in Paris. Furthermore, he has delivered seminars on Philosophy of Art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and seminars on Philosophy of the Applied Arts at the School of Engineering at the University of Patras. He gives lectures at many Schools of Art and Universities.He has also co-operated with the following artists in various projects:
Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovich, Miquel Barceló, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, James Brown, Werner Büttner, Francesco Clemente, Tony Cragg, Enzo Cucchi, Martin Disler, Rainer Fetting, Gilbert & George, Jean Le Gac, William Mckendree, André Masson, Mario Merz, Annete Messager, Pavlos, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Georges Rousse, Lucas Samaras, Julian Schnabel, Antoni Tàpies, Costas Tsoclis, Cy Twombly.