Valentinos Charalambous. Of clay and glaze, of fire, affection and love
CyprusWed Jun 15th 2016
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-90 Phaneromenis Str, Nicosia, 1011
The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation cordially invites you to the presentation of the publication entitled "Valentinos Charalambous" and the opening of the homonymous exhibition on Friday, 11 December 2015 at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. Address by Professor Vasiliki Kassianidou, Chairperson of the BOCCF Board of Directors Introduction to the book by the author, Marina Schiza Presentation of the publication by visual artist Dr Savvas Christodoulides, Assistant Professor at Frederick University.
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture Exhibition duration: 11 December 2015 - 30 September 2016.
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00-19:00
“Each pot has its own personality. It should never be judged by the artist’s signature. The identity of the ceramist owes to be revealed through the work itself. During the process of combining various elements for an object to grow into a work of art, the ceramist is just the middle man. He finds himself amongst the clay, the glaze and the furnace, his role being equal to the rest of the elements”. With this thought, Valentinos signs his work like so: “...of clay and glaze, of fire, affection and love”. The exhibition presents the life and work of Valentinos Charalambous, one of the most distinguished Cypriot ceramists of international acclaim. A teacher and a visual artist adhering to a special art code, he was born in 1929 in Varosi to a family of traditional throwers. He studied in London before working for 30 years in Baghdad. He now lives and creates in Limassol. Representative works are presented that reflect all the axes around which the artist’s work has evolved in the span of a sixty-year career, from his adolescence to the present day.