Contemporary art

Alexandros Vasmoulakis

Greece 1980

Urban Art, Street Art, Installation, Collage, Murals

Alexandros Vasmoulakis
Alexandros Vasmoulakis
February 15, 2015

Alexandros Vasmoulakis is a Greek contemporary artist, whose field of interest in the art world include large-scale murals, installations and sculptures made out from found objects, and collaged portraits created entirely from scraps of newspaper.

Vasmoulakis, or Vasmou as he prefers to be called, was born in 1980 in Athens, where he studied Athens School of Fine Arts. In 2006, he attended VSUP Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, located in Prague, Czech Republic.

The essence of Alexandros Vasmoulakis’ work is rooted in his professional background in the advertising industry, which was eventually combined with classic elements of Western Painting, modern graphic sensibilities and romanticism and magical realism of contemporary European muralists and street artists. His work is predominantly character-based and these creations explore the core values of human nature such as love, desire, seduction, and hate. Vasmou uses mixed media including collage, paint, photography and digital to convey the relationships between these portrayed characters. His work is very much driven by his state of mind and will reflect the mood of any given day.

Principal purpose of his artworks that include outdoor murals and large wallpapers, installations and studio work – such as paintings and Dadaist collages, is comparable to a culture-jammer, who tries to cast a snappy look at contemporary public communication, a glance that is most of the times enacted by the aesthetics and cognitive of advertising. For his collaborative installation series, the artist explores erroneous visuals and alternative thoughts, which mainly occur when seeing something from a different angle. Vasmou’s collective interventions commonly are found outdoors and generated by objects found in scrapyards or deserted factories. Vasmou also has traveled extensively throughout Europe, The Middle East and Asia producing large-scale outdoor works that exist amongst the constant bombardment of corporate commercials.

Alexandros’ work is most noticeable in his hometown, Athens, where he produced numerous pieces visible in different parts of the city. With his natural instinct for scale and composition he painted many pieces on doors, telephone boxes, hoardings and on the flanks of buildings up to 10 stories tall, generally making his home city a more attractive place to live.

This artist, equally capable of covering a 100ft wall with paint and tiles, erecting witty 3D tableaus from household objects and composing beautifully considered works on paper, was featured in many group and solo exhibitions, including many collaborations with other street artists.

Alexandros Vasmoulakis is currently living between Athens and London, where he is working as a freelancer.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2016The Eaters and Τhe EatenThe Breeder Gallery, Athens, GreeceSolo
2014My eyes are seeing youArt Expertise, Athens, GreeceSolo
2014No Country for Young MenBozar Centre of Fine Arts, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2014Group ShowARENA Center of Contemporary Art, Torun, PolandGroup
2014Like NewBenaki Museum, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014Painting lllFrissiras Museum, Athens, GreeceGroup
2014Inaugural exhibitionAllouche Gallery, New York, USGroup
2014House of Cards - Amsterdam Light FestivalAmsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
2013FiguresLe Basse Projects, Los Angeles, USSolo
2012It felt like a kissGallery Nosco, London, UKSolo
2012Athens Video Art FestivalAthens, GreeceGroup
2012The Newspaper ShowThe Breeder Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2011I’ve got you a date with Botticelli’s nieceA. Antonopoulou Art, Athens, GreeceSolo
2011International Mural ExhibitionOCT LOFT, Shenzhen, ChinaGroup
2011Street aka MuseumPortsmouth Museum of Art, Portsmouth, USGroup
2010Is everybody happy?Le Basse Projects, Los Angeles, USSolo
2010Stroke.03Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010L’ Art UrbainAddict Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2010NUART FestivalStavanger, NorwayGroup
2010International Mural Exhibition - Dafen VillageShenzhen, ChinaGroup
2010Showcase SeriesSuperFrog Gallery, San Fransisco, USGroup
2009Hey ho, here we go, ever so highA. Antonopoulou Art, Athens, GreeceSolo
2009The Good, the Bad and the UglyGallery Nosco, London, UKGroup
2008Aqua Art FairMiami, USGroup
2008ArtmoshGallery Nosco, London, UKGroup
2008Burning BridgesGallery Nosco, London, UKGroup
2007Design WalkOxy, Athens, GreeceGroup
2006Art in the FrontpageBenaki’s museum, Athens, GreeceGroup
2006What Remains is FutureArsakeion, Patras, GreeceGroup
2004Athens by ArtAthens, GreeceGroup
2001Neverending StoryGoethe Institute, Athens, GreeceGroup
1999Minus-PlusHellenic-American Union, Athens, GreeceGroup