ZENETZIS, THE ARTIST OF ATHENS AND ITS MONUMENTS
The Acropolis from Philopappou Hill, painted in 2004
Artists live in a dream world, in a world of their own, a world they create for themselves but also for the public, the people they desperately want to appreciate and like their work and remember them for what they contributed to society and left as heritage for the future generations.
Zenetzis was an artist of the people for the people. His art was accessible to all viewers, his paintings content known to most viewers and if any Greeks or Foreigners did not know what he was all about his art definitely made him known and famous. I witnessed the thousands of people who admired his work while painting Athens and its monuments during the Athens Olympics on location. They sat and watched him paint, they photographed him at work while sculpting away to create the Magnificent Seven series during the Athens Olympics of 2004. His art of Athens monuments is now known worldwide and can be seen in many renowned collections, public and private as well as selling in famous art auctions worldwide.
We present here one of his paintings painted just before the Athens Olympics of 2004. A magnificent oil on canvas of 80 x 120 cm this view of the Acropolis is alive even though it was painted eighteen years ago. The view is spectacular, the Acropolis breathes and shines all over Athens and the ancient civilisation of Greece reminds today’s humanity that creations of the mind and the spirit not only survive the millennia but inspire and shape the future.
Peter Constant, BA, MA