Exclusive interview with greek painter Michael Tsakountis.
interview with Michail Tsakountis
Can you tell us a bit about your background and how do you start art journey?
I was born in Heraklion – Crete in 1975. I had actually an uncle who was a painter and he was the one since I was a child who introduce me and teach me the basic. I never stopped painting through the years so when the time arrived I applied direct for the school of fine arts in athens where I studied painting.
Who are your biggest artist influences?
I would say mostly Carravagio and Francis Bacon.
Where are you based now?
The last ten years I am based in Athens.
You have a few portraits with the same guys. Do you keep contact with your models?
Yes, actually with most of them we became friends through the process.
How do you choose your models?
It’s not so much about beauty. Everyone is beautiful in his own way … it’s about character and style and youth.
On your portraits I can see anger, sorrowful, pain … a wide variation of negative feelings. It is only the way as you like to paint, or these feelings reflect to the model’s or your personality?
It’s just the drama of human nature I guess.
Can not say your models dressed up average, they are most of the time very elegant and sometimes the clothes reflect to middle ages or previous times. Do you have a crush / or you get inspirations from the past?
Defiently I am attached to the past for some reason. My models can be anything… common guys, aristocrats, bad guys, good guys, hedonists and dreamers the clothes just tell a story.
Your regular models looks like 20-30y old guys and very masculin. How your ideal man looks like in private life?
Kind, gentle, happy
What is your motto to live by?
I don’t hope anything, I am not afraid of anything ..I am free.
Find Michael: www.michailtsakountis.com www.instagram.com/michailtsakountis