Andreas Lolis was born in 1970. Graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts with honours and cοmpleted his Master Studies atCarrarainItalyunder an I.K.Y. scholarship. He has organized solo shows and participated in numerous group shows inGreeceand abroad.
Everyday objects; samples of classical sculpture
Andreas Lolis’ marble sculptural installations mainly consist of old and worn materials used for wrapping, storage and transportation such as cardboard boxes and plastic safety pieces, in various shapes and sizes, torn, open, empty, dirty, and wrecked, scattered randomly or purposely side by side or one on top of the other.
His compositions made of cartons and felizol automatically give out an intense feeling of familiarity not only due to their multiple and frequent use in everyday life but mostly because of their elaborate crafted surface and their thoroughly sculpted details. Andreas Lolis belongs to a group of skillful and excellent marble sculptors who have laid firm foundations for building their individual work gradually and steadily through many years of high learning and studying under masterful teachers.
Lolis fluently and remarkably manages to consistently convert the everyday and worthless into an object of unique aesthetic value, reforming it with the use of a traditional and valuable material as marble. This particular kind of marble is imported from Morocco and is characterized by an ash-gray color and by the spots and water-like dribbles in dark or light shades, which contribute to a precise representation of the worn and overused appearance of these objects.
His sculptures, like every outstanding modern sculptural creation, are less introverted regarding their surroundings. Lolis aims at expanding/opening up the form of these objects in order to create the proper conditions for the environment to eventually become an integral part of his work. Thus, his cardboard boxes made of marble are capable of functioning as an installation in public spaces or within the limits of an indoors exhibitional space – a museum or a gallery; in either case, they never cease to shed light on their everlasting dimension in space and time.
The sculptor, through his unique and masterful skill, succeeds in creating an illusion before the viewer; his sculptures –initially seen as a pile of rubbish on the roadside, in a storehouse or an abandoned place– are eventually recognized as priceless works of art.