Joannis Avramidis was a contemporary Greek-Austrian sculptor whose career was marked by the search for the “absolute figure”. He was inspired by the classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance, allowing the borders between abstraction and figurative depiction to merge in his sculptures. His works were characterized by softly rounded curves which only suggested the human body without defining it.
One of the most important protagonists of Austrian sculpture, Avramidis mainly worked with bronze according to plaster models, later applying the synthetic resin, or massive aluminum as well as copper and other materials. Even in its maximum state of abstraction, his works maintain a reference to human shape and posture, with physical features assigned through a stylized, horizontal segmentation. However, he focused not on the silhouette, but the “inner space of the body“ – a strongly compressed and condensed body which produces a compact form. In the 1960s, he increasingly began depicting bodies in movement, examining its dynamics.
Avramidis studied in Batumi and later at Fritz Wotruba in Vienna, as a student of Robin Christian Andersen and Fritz Wotruba. He became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and from 1966 in Hamburg. In 1962, he represented Austria at the Venice Biennale.
Featured image: Portrait of Joannis Avramidis – image courtesy of Artfinding