If the predecessors created a “school” in the art of marble, the new generation of Tinian marble sculptors create history.
Exo Meria in Tinos has been the starting point of a great artistic tradition based mainly on marble. The “activity” of the Tinian marble sculptors began in the end of the 18th century, in reconstruction workshops in the island and other places such as Athens, Ermoupoli and abroad. Although they did not have any academic education, the local craftsmen were committed, imaginative and capable of assimilating the artistic European currents and respond creatively to the challenges of their times. By upgrading their technical skills and cultivating their aesthetical education, the marble sculptors in Exo Meria passed the threshold of artistic expression. In this way, a strong tradition was created which continues till today, enhanced by the operation of Pyrgos School of Fine Arts (1955).
Born in 1963 in Pyrgos, Tinos. He finished high school in 1977. During the period 1977-1980 he changed various technical schools, while in 1981 he returned to Pyrgos, at the Preparatory School of Fine Arts in Panormos. He has worked at many marble sculpture workshops such as Vasilakis, Valakas, Rallis, Karagiannis, Filippotes and others as well as in Germany (1989-1994) at Hofmeister marble sculpture workshop in Frankfurt. In 1996, he returned to his homeland where he runs his own workshop till today. His projects and constructions are in private collections, residences and temples in Greece and abroad.
Born in 1946. He graduated from Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos in 1961 and worked in Ioannis Filippotes’ workshop together with Giannis Vasilakis until 1966. From 1969 to today, he has been creating at his personal workshop in Spitalia of Tinos. You can find ecclesiastical artworks of his at the churches of both doctrines in Tinos, Syros, Mykonos, Santorini. He has exhibited his sculptures in individual and group exhibitions in Greece, Europe and America.
Born in Athens in 1974. In 1991, he graduated from Pyrgos School of Fine Arts in Tinos where he was distinguished in the lesson of marble crafts. For the following six years, he practiced marble sculpture at the G. Tsakiris and M. Vidali’s workshops. Since 1997, he has been running his own workshop in Ysternia and is occupied with marble sculpture, mostly by giving form to folk, neoclassical and byzantine artworks, upon request. At the same time, he creates and participates in marble sculpture exhibitions and in this way he expresses his personal ideas and worries. His works adorn many ecclesiastical, public and private spaces in Greece and abroad.
Born in Pyrgos, Tinos in 1955. He graduated from Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos in 1971 while in 1979 he founded his workshop in Pyrgos making impostes, fountains, entrances etc. he is one of the few marble sculptors who take up maintenances and restorations of old bell towers and newer monuments while at the same time he constructs new bell towers all over Greece. Some of the most important maintenances of the last years are the ones of the bell towers of Ekatontapyliani Church in Paros in 2003 and the double bell tower of Agia Triada in Lefkes, Paros (year of building: 1870) in 2011-2012. He has taken part in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
Born in Pyrgos, Tinos and studied in the School of Fine Arts of the area. He worked for many years in Rhodes at the workshop of the late Athanasios Strantzalos, one of the greatest teachers of marble and sculpture. In continuation, he worked at Evagelos Kagiorgis’ workshop of wood sculpture. Later, he successfully attended to courses of freehand drawing and painting in the Groningen School of Fine Arts in Netherlands while at the same period he collaborated with the Dutch-Greek art & culture magazine “Lychnari”. A little later, he began exhibiting in several places like Vienna (1985), Amsterdam (1986) and Belgium (1988). Exhibitions in Greece followed next and the establishment of his workshop at his beloved village, Pyrgos in Tinos where there is also his permanent showroom.
Filippos Kagiorgis, sculptor of stone, marble, wood and metal distinguishes because of his unique style in his compositions, symbolisms, techniques, even in the selection of the material. One can find his artworks in the House of Greek Presidency, chosen by the Presidents Christos Sartzetakis and Carolos Papoulias, in the house of the late Prime Minister, Andreas Papandreou, the house of the philhellene Dutch former Prime Minister, Max van de Stul, the artist Kostas Tsoklis as well as in private collections. Filippos Kagiorgis has left behind him the commercial side of creation. He creates inspired by orphic texts, Homer, Solomos and Seferis by giving prominence to the ancient beauty like a fresh spring spouting from the marble, embodying it to the European Greece of today. His creations are transferred from his thought directly to marble without breeding-grounds. Just like that, spontaneously.
Born in Marousi in 1979. He worked in his father’s workshop and from 1996 to 1999 he studied in Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos. From 2001 to 2004 he worked in Parthenon restoration project while in 2005 he took charge of his father’s workshop in Pyrgos, Tinos.
Born in Ysternia, Tinos. In the age seven, he went to live permanently with his family in Athens where he firstly finished primary school and then the tenth evening high school. When he was just 12 years old, he began working in sculpture workshops. After his graduation and his release from any scholar engagements, he continued his studies in Diplareios School in design department. In 1969, he ran his first workshop in Filothei which two years later, was transferred to Marousi and ten years after that, to his private space, in Kato Charvati, Pallini.
In 1985, he dream came true as he was permanently set with his family in Tinos and made his workshop at the area of Dyo Choria where it is based till today. Hundreds of temples all over Greece as well as plenty of Municipalities and Communities are adorned by his artworks. As a matter of fact, several of them are hosted in various cities of Albania and America. Recently, after 4 ceaseless years of work, he completed the handcraft of the majestic church of Resurrection, in Tirana, Albania. In 2008, the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece assigned him as regular member of church architecture in Athens.
Born in 1970 in Pyrgos, Tinos. After high school, he studied in Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos (1988-1991) carrying on the family artistic tradition (his grandfather was wood sculptor – painter) with sculpture in marble and stone. Next, he had his traineeship in the local workshops in Pyrgos. From 1995 to today, he has his own workshop-showroom in Pyrgos, Tinos (opposite Y. Chalepas Museum). He has taken part in many group exhibitions and has taken many good reviews and publications on his work through Press (magazines, newspapers etc) and tv films. His artworks adorn many private collections and spaces in Greece and abroad. He is characterized by pigeons forms and colorful adapted marble objects (trays, tables etc).
Born in 1972 in Pyrgos, Tinos. His relation with the field of Art began with wood, next to the wood sculptor, Evangelos Kagiorgis and later he was occupied with the marble, under the guiding lines of his grandfather, Lazaros Artemios Valakas, old marble sculptor. He graduated from Pyrgos School of Fine Arts and worked next to the marble sculptors Chondrogiannis, Diamantopoulos and Filippotes. Since 1997 he has a marble sculpture workshop in Pyrgos focusing on maritime issues as he had always had a strong bond with the sea, as child of a maritime family and son of a lighthouse keeper.
Born in Athens in 1974. In the period 1989-1992, he studied in Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos where he had his first artistic incentives. His need to be specialized in the art of marble made him return to Athens in 1995 where he worked at the marble sculptor, Stavros Skalkotos’ workshop till 1998. The same year he returned to Tinos for good and worked next to the marble sculptors Antonis Chondrogiannis and Petros Rallis. In 2006 he created his own artistic marble workshop in Panormos. His creations have features of the traditional folk art which in combination with the modern perceptions and commitment compose his artistic identity.
Born in Plateia village. He studied in Panormos School of Fine Arts in Tinos and worked in the Filippotes and Perakis’ workshops. In the age of 18 he opened a workshop in Athens and collaborated with the sculptors S. Triantis, G. Kalakallas, V. Moustakas, P. Tzanoulinos etc. His specialty are the busts, the copies of Museum artworks, reliefs and statues copies. Some of his works are: Koloktronis (Limpovisi), Grigorios E. (Patra), Metaxaki Relief (Crete) and many others all over Greece. In 1986 he came back to and carried on his activity in his workshop in Floporia position in Agia Marina, Tinos.
Born in 1958 in Pyrgos, Tinos where he lived till the age of 17. Next, he went to Athens. He studied and at the same time, he was occupied with marble art next to old craftsmen. In 1986 he returned to his homeland, Pyrgos in Tinos. Since then, he has his own marble sculpture workshop and showroom. He makes artworks based on old styles, current ideas as well as personal compositions inspired by the culture and history of the island which so deeply admires. With the natural environment, the material and limitless love for allies, he carves the marble and gives to his artworks a part of himself.
From 2000 to today, he has been working in a private workshop in the provincial road Pyrgos-Panormos, having founded a company together with his son, graduate of Pyrgos School of Fine Arts in Tinos. With the help of experience, study, new blood in the workshop, power of love for the marble and the new ideas, artworks come to life which sometimes travel you, other times vanish you and others bring you to today.