From a very early age, people build a personal symbolic language out of fragments of their everyday experience. Some of these symbols have deep roots in archetypal forms of our common legacy as a species. Through this symbolic language we describe and interpret deep internal personal processes. Those symbols are usually made out of the most humble materials, out of experiences that are considered trivial and insignificant, like the curve of a shell, the sound of a pot boiling, the lights and shadows from the streetlights on the bedroom’s ceiling. During our lifetime, whenever we come across one of those personal symbols, we experience an instant moment of clarity. A moment stripped from the usual confusion and continuous noise of the conscious incontinent mind. Our analytical self is caught off guard, unequipped to process and make sense, to extract a safe logical pattern or a "lesson" out of this. The symbol hits below the skin, delivering an instant message, like an echo from the psyche, raw and unprocessed. Some people live their whole lives in a state of calm awareness and observation, until all things around them become symbols, literally transforming everyday life into another dream state, a metaphor about the unconscious reality.  An artist is ANYBODY who can capture - in that precious moment of clarity- a line, a shape, a phrase, a sound sequence, anything that works as a symbol for him. Albeit very intimate, this symbol could potentially invoke moments of clarity to other people too. The human spirit spontaneously responds to all things true.

Bio notes

Yiannis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He studied theoretical physics and telecom engineering. For the past 15 years, he has been living and working around the world. He is currently based in Singapore. Through his work he attempts to explore the surreal nature of seemingly trivial objects, spaces and moments, reflecting the idea that our personal reality is a state of dreaming. He presented work in solo and collective shows in London, Athens, Budapest, Glasgow, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. His images can be found in private collections, hotels, government buildings and corporate organizations worldwide.


2012 - Sony World Photography Awards - Open Category/Commendation for "Huts at Sur"

2014 - Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 - Professional Category / Portraiture - Bronze Award 3rd Place 

2016 - Tokyo International Foto Awards - Honorable Mention Winner


2018 - Solo Exhibition, "Million Street", FN Design Gallery, Al Quoz Festival, Al Serkal, Dubai, UAE

2018 - Solo Exhibition, "Million Street", FN Designs Gallery, Gulf Photo Plus Photo Week, Al Serkal, Dubai, UAE

2017 - Solo Exhibition, "Songs for Everyone", Etihad Modern At Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2017 - Publishing collaboration with Monda Gallery, Dubai , UAE (Al Serkal Cultural Foundation, Kinokuniya Bookstores Dubai, etc)

2017 - Collective exhibition of selected work, UR Gallery, Nation Towers, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2016 - Solo Exhibition "Million Street", Art Moments Festival, Várkert Bazár, Budapest, Hungary

2016 - Collective Exhibition, Art Market Budapest, Etihad Modern Art/Hybrid Art Management, Budapest, Hungary

2016 - Solo Exhibition "Million Street", Etihad Modern At Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2016 - Collective Exhibition, "Kodak Nation", No White Walls Art Show, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2015 - "Secret Landscapes" selected by Etihad Airways for all double deck A380 aircrafts First Class lounges

2015 - Collective Exhibition, Dubai World Cup - The Meydan Hotel, Horse Racing Club , Dubai, UAE

2015 - Collective Exhibition, "Human Condition", No White Walls Art Show, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014 - Collective Exhibition, "Art Souq", Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014 - Collective Exhibition, No White Walls Art Show, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014 - Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 - Professional Category / Portraiture - Bronze Award 3rd Place

2013 - Permanent exhibit at Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE / Resident Artist

2013 - Commissioned by UAE Government to provide local heritage imagery in all Embassies and Consulates worldwide

2013 - Solo Exhibition, "Archetype"- Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2013 - Solo Exhibition "Secret Landscapes"- Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2013 - Solo Exhibition "Grand Mosque" - Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2012 - "Huts at Sur, Oman" - Commended photo/Open Category, 2012 Sony World Photography Awards

2012 - Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London, UK

2012 - Solo Exhibition, "Dreamt I Was Walking On Earth" - Katakouzenos Museum, Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece

2012 - Collective exhibition - 60 Years, 60 Artists (Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II) - Virginia Galleries, Glasgow, UK

2012 - Merchant City Festival - pop up exhibition in various locations in the city, Glasgow, UK

2011 - Collective exhibition - Virginia Gallery, Merchant City , Glasgow, UK

1992 - Collective exhibitions in Patras and Athens, Greece (under the aegis of Plato Rivelis/Athens Photography Cycle)

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