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Petros Yokana

Artist Statement


Educated in the cradle of the Renaissance, Italy, (Academia delle Belle Arti, Roma; Academia delle Belle Arti, Venezia) and exhibited extensively in Europe and North America. I've made Toronto - where I live and work - my home since 1986.

Though the texture of my work is profoundly influenced by the colors of the late Renaissance frescos and modern art, the content of my art never abandons the indelible image of the human form in all its aspects of life. Thus in my canvases the aesthetic line - a remnant of my sculpture training - tends to dominate over texture; nevertheless. I'm constantly searching to blend content and form in a style that ranges from "minimal representationalism" to the effervescent evanescent blurring line of modern - or what I deem to be - two-dimensional "imagism".

Due to the subject matter of my art, I am compelled to follow the categorical imperative of the transitory, infinitesimal moment of human existence. Thus in my paintings I celebrate our "human condition" in which the trite, insignificant, most-oblivious moment of our existence is juxtaposed to the most profound and metaphysical one. And side by side I attempt to unravel the profane as well as the divine that is in us; the authenticity of our being and the empirical dimension of our existence; distress and ecstasy; fear and serenity, evil and goodness. Such is the human condition and this is my art; a n intuitive synchronism of content and form attempting to capture the ephemeral existential moment in space and time. In my endeavors I've always attempted to "mediate" the phenomenon rather than searching for the ultimate truth; the enigma of life is the gods' domain.


Petros Yokana

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Petros Yokana
in his Studio

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Petros Yokana
working on the Etching Press

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One Soul
Monoprint Original work on Paper
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Deep in Thought
Acrylic on Paper
73cm x 52cm
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Body and Soul
Acrylic on Paper
17" x 23"
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Romantic Shadows
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 36"
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The Romantics
Acrylic on Canvas
40" x 32"
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Portrat I
Oil on Canvas
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Portrat II
Oil on Canvas
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