Kostas Seremetis

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Kostas Seremetis is an American painter, sculptor and filmmaker.[1] Born in Boston, MA on Dec 7, 1972 to Greek immigrants from the Laconia region in Greece (Krokeaí, Sparta). Highly influenced by comic book art, animation cartoons, graffiti art of the 1980s, Greek mythology and contemporary masters. Known for using the comic book popular pulp characters as typography in order to express a visual language in mediums such as paintings, collage, sculptures and films. By the time he was 30 he has established a large international following, by exhibiting his art worldwide mainly in Tokyo, New York, Berlin and Paris.

Art[edit]

Seremetis started exhibiting at the age of 19 in Boston. He moved to New York in 1996. In 1994, Seremetis was commissioned by the Warner Bros. Studio Store, where he had 3 sold-out exhibitions.
in 2005, participated in "Street Urchins", curated by Ronnie Cutrone in Casola Gallery in Peekskill, NY. [1].
In 2006, was commissioned by director Darren Aronofsky amongst 10 other artists to review The Fountain, a commission that was published in the New York Times The Fountain#Marketing.
His work was shown in the Parco Museum in Tokyo for a solo exhibition Superhero and six, [2] the Triennale Museum, Milan, and Museum of the City of Mexico, and is in private collections worldwide. In 2008, he showed in the exhibition "Lo Hi", a group exhibitions among artists like Gerhard Richter and Jean-Michel Basquiat at Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, he participated in "Kindergarten" exhibition, curated by Giorgio de Mitri, 17th century palazzina dei giardini in Modena, Italy. Alongside other international artists: Futura 2000, Mode2, Os Gêmeos, Tom Sachs (artist) and Boris Tellegen (aka Delta). [3].
he also had a solo exhibition in Mexico city in 2011, "Human Kind" at Anonymous Gallery, and participated in a group show in 2009 with Ronnie Cutrone, Rammellzee and Rostarr. [4].
Seremetis was selected by Spotify to create a large scale mural for the new NYC Spotify office. Seremetis created a large Spiderman painting. [5]. He has also made a few collaborations with clothing company Stussy. [6].
Seremetis contributed to comic book artist Paul Pope's Escapo. [7] The book will be published this summer. [8]

Films[edit]

He recently started working on films, using footage from popular movies by creating split screen films. In his Star Wars trilogy, which was shown in the Sydney underground film festival in 2011 [9], Seremetis edited this 126-minute film, taking the left third of Star Wars, the middle third of Empire Strikes Back and the right third of Return of the Jedi, synchronizing them into one film.
He was invited to give a Master class in Tangier, Morocco showcasing the film. [10].
Seremetis contributed art projected in various scenes in Traitors, a film written and directed by Sean Gullette, screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, 2014. [11].

Collaborations with musicians[edit]

Seremetis's film, "The Resistance", opened for the band the Cult at Irving Plaza in NYC in 2007, and also designed the stage backdrop for the world tour, "Born into This". Later, designed the album cover "Born into This" Born into This. In 2012 he directed the Cult's "Elemental Light" video [12].
For his recent tour, Seremetis created guitar picks for John Mayer [13].
On March 3, 2014, NY-Based rapper A$AP Rocky released a music video on YouTube titled "Riot Rave", co-directed with Seremetis, from Rocky's anticipated instrumental only album. Seremetis created the artwork and the Video's packaging [14].
Full album cover discography on discogs.com [15].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bray, Arthur (25 February 2013). "Kostas Seremetis on Being an Artist and Defining Success". Hypebeast. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Director Darren Aronofsky on "The Fountain" commission [16]
  • Interview about "Ready . . . Steady . . . Go!," exhibition [17]
  • Interview about "Human Kind" exhibition [18]
  • Interview for Prime Time Russia about "Dream Works" exhibition [19]
  • Cover of the Modena newspaper [20]
  • Artist page on Anonymous gallery [21]
  • Street Urchin exhibition page on Casola Gallery [22]