COSTAS Joachim has an exhibition at the Alpha Gallery, Nicosia.
Joachim was born in 1936 in Bellapais, Kyrenia. He studied painting at the Bath Academy of Art at the Unversity of Bristol
in England and the Athens School of Fine Arts.
His works can be found at the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art and at the National Gallery of Greece, in the collections of
the Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Archbishopric in Cyprus, at the office of UNESCO in
Paris, and in many private collections including that of Takis Ioannou.
He is one of the seven founding members of the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (EKATE) in 1966.
In 2003, 2004 and 2006 his lifetime achievements and contributions to the culture of Cyprus were recognised with awards
from the President of the Republic.
He says that in his latest work of paintings he is concerned with themes that he created before 1974. They developed into
paintings from drawings and studies in colour.
They date from a period of intense creativity inspired at Bellapais Studio by the idyllic countryside of Bellapais.
Colourful compositions in-clude figures, which have been characterised as swirling flowing free studies of movement in
forms and colours, giving wonderful poetic dreamlike statements.
Figure compositions in a more sensitive, lucid approach, blending associated colours, thus luring the spectator into the
The combination of the experiences into a non-representational context with graphic symbols is a gift. Although the study
of the artist may have been done on a different level he may select and digest the experience to his own terms and his personally
Costas says: "In my artistic explorations, I study the numerous analogies that refer to space within the picture, to the
line and to the form, as they exist as we see them, as they themselves as shapes have an impact on us.
"And then, while they are translated and transferred to the canvas, they are transformed, condensed and abstracted towards
the basic concepts. This is a continuous ‘dialogue’ with the white surface of the canvas."
Dance master class
A master class - ‘ECHOES of SPIRIT DANCE ‘ - will be taught by Aziza, of the US and Arianna Economou, of Cyprus,
with George Koulas and Moreno on the drums.
It will incorporate release, improvisation, storytelling, chanting, contemporary and African based movement
The workshop takes place on Friday , October 19, from 7pm– 10pm, at the old American Center, in Homer Street, Nicosia,
next to the Cyprus Museum.
The event is addressed to all interested , choreographers, dancers, musicians, artists, theatre people, men and women,
and all who love to dance.
Aziza is a native of Harlem, New York and long-time community activist, as well as a choreographer, performer and teacher,
whose work focuses on the development of community-based art.
As a professional dancer she toured with Stevie Wonder, Dianne McIntyre's Sounds In Motions and David Rousseve and was
assistant choreographer for the Broadway productions of Rent and Mule Bone.
Aziza is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Def Dance Jam Workshop, an inter-generational performing arts troupe and
programme serving youth and adults who are deaf, hard of hearing, and physically or developmentally challenged.
Arianna Economou is an interactive artist/ performer, dance artist and dance- activist in the community.
A pioneer innovative artist giving dance a place for the last 25 years in the Cyprus contemporary arts scene and organiser
and founding member and director of ECHO ARTS Living Arts Centre (www.echo-arts.info) for research and development of dance
as a contemporary performance art.
A pioneer in organising bicommunal performance projects the last four years, also the initiator and founding member of
the first professional registered dance groups association in Cyprus.
For further information call Arianna: 0357 22 777 046 or 00 357 99 685 662.