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The Sotiris Felios Collection

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The Sotiris Felios Collection

Founded in the 1980s, The Sotiris Felios Collection, based in Athens, is a unique collection of contemporary art focused on the human figure. The Collection belongs to “The other Arcadia” Foundation and offers a rich overview of the most important contemporary artists living and working in Greece, as well as leading artists whose creations forge a link between the past century and the present day.

The Sotiris Felios Collection has so far brought together over 1,400 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, reliefs, constructions and drawings by 140 artists, such as the painters Yannis Moralis, Chronis Botsoglou, Christos Bokoros, Giorgos Rorris, Stefanos Daskalakis, Tassos Mantzavinos, Alecos Levidis, Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Michalis Manoussakis, Kostas Papanikolaou, Maria Filopoulou, Edouard Sacaillan, Anna-Maria Tsakali, Dimitris Hantzopoulos, Tassos Missouras, Alexis Kyritsopoulos and Emmanouil Bitsakis, and the sculptors Takis, George Lappas, Pantelis Chandris, Vally Nomidou and Kostas Lales – to name but a few. In addition, its Library and Archives include over 3,000 artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, rare publications and periodicals, and extensive individual files.

With a collection as extensive and as eclectic as this one, it is almost impossible to pick out any of the artists and their works that comprise it over the others, let alone present any kind of indicative selection that does justice to the artists, individually and collectively.

In the interest of making the Collection accessible to the wider public, “The other Arcadia” Foundation has established a rich exhibition programme with the Collection’s works, both within and outside of Greece, producing the respective catalogues and liaising with other institutions to lend out works for various exhibitions. The Collection maintains an online digital archive of all the artworks belonging to the Collection, as well as the exhibitions and publications produced by “The other Arcadia” Foundation (felioscollection.gr).

In March 2021 “The other Arcadia” Foundation partnered with Google Arts & Culture to further its digital presence and scope, by bringing three hundred sixteen artworks and five online exhibits from The Sotiris Felios Collection to the worldwide audience of the digital platform.

In addition to “The other Arcadia” Foundation, the collector has created the art space ’16 Fokionos Negri’, Designed by acclaimed architects Maria Kokkinou and Andreas Kourkoulas, as a venue to host art exhibitions, organise cultural events and develop collaboration networks, partnerships and exchanges with other cultural organisations.

Furthermore, the Collection is committed to supporting the next generation of creatives. Its newly established “Residency Programme for Academic and Curatorial Research of Contemporary Greek Art” in collaboration with the British institution The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, for emerging curators and art historians, aims to create support channels for researchers who want to expand academic research around contemporary figurative art and its position within the international art scene. While its 5-year partnership with the Athens School of Fine Art offers once a year an opportunity for the School’s graduates to present their works in a group exhibition at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”.

To find out more about the Sotiris Felios Collection visit this link on the Independent Collectors’ website.

Achilleas Papacostas, Virgin Forest, 2010, oil on linen, 140 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Achilleas Papacostas, Virgin Forest, 2010, oil on linen, 140 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Maria Polydouri, 2005, oil and pastel on paper, 87 x 61 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Kalliopi Asargiotaki, Maria Polydouri, 2005, oil and pastel on paper, 87 x 61 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Emmanouil Bitsakis, Aphrodite of Knidos, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 30 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Alexandros Andritsopoulos
Emmanouil Bitsakis, Aphrodite of Knidos, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 30 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Alexandros Andritsopoulos
Maria Filopoulou, Initiates, 2011, oil on canvas, 159 x 200 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Maria Filopoulou, Initiates, 2011, oil on canvas, 159 x 200 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Dimitris Hantzopoulos, Untitled, 2012, oil on wood, 30.5 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Dimitris Hantzopoulos, Untitled, 2012, oil on wood, 30.5 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Alecos Levidis, On the Eve of Capitulation, 2019, mixed media, 87 x 107 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Ellie Economou
Alecos Levidis, On the Eve of Capitulation, 2019, mixed media, 87 x 107 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Ellie Economou
Tassos Mantzavinos, Me, My Name and Dionyssos, 2013, acrylic, oil, leather on wood, 70 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Tassos Mantzavinos, Me, My Name and Dionyssos, 2013, acrylic, oil, leather on wood, 70 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Yannis Moralis, Summer, 1999, acrylic on canvas, 147 x 162 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Yannis Moralis, Summer, 1999, acrylic on canvas, 147 x 162 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
George Lappas, Chinese Puppet Player, 1998, iron, 143 x 51 x 46 cm, The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
George Lappas, Chinese Puppet Player, 1998, iron, 143 x 51 x 46 cm, The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Vally Nomidou, Under the Cosmic Light, 2000, paper construction with acrylic binder on wood, 120 x 60 x 35 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Vally Nomidou, Under the Cosmic Light, 2000, paper construction with acrylic binder on wood, 120 x 60 x 35 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Affinities, a group exhibition with works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2019. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Affinities, a group exhibition with works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2019. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Michalis Manoussakis, Untitled, 2013, acrylic and charcoal on wood, 150 x 140 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Michalis Manoussakis, Untitled, 2013, acrylic and charcoal on wood, 150 x 140 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Tassos Missouras, Litany, 1994, oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Tassos Missouras, Litany, 1994, oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Chronis Botsoglou, Personal Nekyia (group of 26 paintings), 1993-2000, oil pastel, dry pastel, icon pigment on paper mounted on canvas. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Chronis Botsoglou, Personal Nekyia (group of 26 paintings), 1993-2000, oil pastel, dry pastel, icon pigment on paper mounted on canvas. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Christos Bokoros, Myrsini, 2008, oil paints on linen, 120 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Christos Bokoros, Myrsini, 2008, oil paints on linen, 120 x 100 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Rebels: Works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra, Greece, 2021. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
Rebels: Works from The Sotiris Felios Collection at the Historical Archives-Museum of Hydra, Greece, 2021. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
Pantelis Chandris, Untitled (from the “Substance” series), 2003, polyester and polyester paint, 180 x 80 x 75 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Pantelis Chandris, Untitled (from the “Substance” series), 2003, polyester and polyester paint, 180 x 80 x 75 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Takis, Οedipus and Antigone, 1954, iron, 148 x 45 x 10 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Takis, Οedipus and Antigone, 1954, iron, 148 x 45 x 10 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
The Sotiris Felios Collection. Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
The Sotiris Felios Collection. Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
Stefanos Daskalakis, Natalia, 2009, oil on canvas, 160 x 140 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Katoufas Brothers
Stefanos Daskalakis, Natalia, 2009, oil on canvas, 160 x 140 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Katoufas Brothers
Alexis Kyritsopoulos, Ghost of a knight, 2010, acrylic on cardboard, 60 x 78 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Alexis Kyritsopoulos, Ghost of a knight, 2010, acrylic on cardboard, 60 x 78 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Kostas Papanikolaou, Boat and Its Shadow, 2007, egg tempera on canvas, 180 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Kostas Papanikolaou, Boat and Its Shadow, 2007, egg tempera on canvas, 180 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Giorgos Rorris, Androniki, 2013, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm, The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Giorgos Rorris, Androniki, 2013, oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm, The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Anna Maria Tsakali, August, 2005-2006, vinyl paint and oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Anna Maria Tsakali, August, 2005-2006, vinyl paint and oil on canvas, 200 x 180 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Edouard Sacaillan, Nocturnal Walk, 2002-2003, oil on canvas, 160 x 150 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
Edouard Sacaillan, Nocturnal Walk, 2002-2003, oil on canvas, 160 x 150 cm. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Photo: Vaharidis Studio
View of the exhibition with people. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
View of the exhibition with people. The Sotiris Felios Collection. Stefanos Daskalakis: Painting 2013-2021, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2022. Photo: Argyris Bouzoukis
The Sotiris Felios Collection. Maria Filopoulou: Intimate Paradise, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2021. Photo: Haris B.
The Sotiris Felios Collection. Maria Filopoulou: Intimate Paradise, at the art space “16 Fokionos Negri”, Athens, Greece, 2021. Photo: Haris B.

All images courtesy of the Sotiris Felios Collection