On Thursday October 1, 2020, ROMA GALLERY present a solo show by Yannis Michas (1938 – 2008) titled “A non-personal consistency: the logic of overlaying” curated by Emmanuel Mavrommatis. The quest which is taking shape through the exhibition programme of Roma Gallery about the current functionality of works that emerged in Greece 40 or 50 years back serves to highlight some historical points of reference. These points of reference identify and illuminate some historical origins of today’s artistic ideas and thus contribute to their enrichment, at the same time supplying art theory with new data. This, indeed, is the creative role of a gallery in tune with the spirit of the times: to demonstrate what may have been the foundations of contemporary artistic thinking, what elements of the past it may contain, what were the essential aspects of the artistic thinking of old and how that thinking contributed or continues to contribute socially.
Yannis Michas (1938 – 2008) studied from 1955 to 1958 in the workshop of Kostas Iliadis and then at the Ecole des Metiers d ‘Art in Paris, from where he graduated in 1962. In his first works, influenced by constructivism, he drew rows of successive shapes, which he accentuated with complementary colors. In an effort to free the geometric form from the borders of the canvas, he began in 1974 to create embossed diptychs and triptychs with various additional materials – copper, wood or aluminum – as well as wall sculptures. In the 1980s he created visual games with grids, cardboard, sheets, which are based on capturing the shadow of the object on the canvas with the help of color and airbrush. At the same time he connected his abstract works with specific thematic references, through a series of titles that referred to the image (“Dialogues”, “Crosses”, “Landscapes”). In 1990 he returned to painting with oil paintings and painted wood, which detected the balances of two or more geometric shapes and lines on a flat surface. He had presented his works in solo exhibitions in Greece and had participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.