Dimitris Trimintzios, known as Taxis or Dimitris Taxis, was born in Szczecin, Poland, in May 1983, to a Polish art/cultural historian mother and a Greek etcher/painter father. When he was at the age of three his family moved to Athens, Greece. Taxis studied painting in the School of Fine Arts of Athens under the guidance of professors Rena Papaspirou and Marios Spiliopoulos and graduated with first-class degree in 2008.
Growing up in an artistic family, Taxis was introduced to the world of art from a very young age, which developed Dimitris’ an urge to find a way to express himself. At the age of 14, during a family vacation in Poland, he became familiar with the art of graffiti. Since 1998 Taxis has been involved with graffiti and has participated in international graffiti festivals such as Meeting of Styles and Write for Gold.
Taxis entered into comics in 2003. His short stories have been published in the BABEL Comic Magazine (currently called MOV) since 2005. He has participated in international comic festivals in Greece, Poland, and Italy, to name a few, and has been awarded several times in comic competitions. He has collaborated with newspapers, magazines and books as an illustrator, as well.
In 2004 Taxis worked as a cinematographer for the movie “A Pink Safety Pin” by Nikos Pomonis, which won a citation at the Digital Wave Competition, at the 47th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 2006. In 2005 he was one of the set designers for the movie “Pink” by Alexander Voulgaris.
At the same time he started to paste handmade posters at the streets of Athens and later on abroad, including Berlin and Barcelona. His characteristic comic style is what established him in the street world.
Dimitris’s point of reference is the human himself. He is intrigued by the everyday inner struggle that society forces each individual to go through. In his art he aims to capture the feelings of desolation and hardship, feelings that have always tormented humanity. He believes that his work states obvious matters that many people tend to forget or ignore which in fact is something that should be strongly reexamined. His goal is to provoke the viewer into a conversation with himself in which he can expand or delve deeper according to his own perception. His artwork is more like a game between the picture and the viewer. There is no specific plan as well as technique since they evolve every day. Thoughts, sketches and style change day after day according to the impulses he gets. Taxis objects to stability so he always tests out every thought that he finds absorbing. Artist uses a wide variety of materials and techniques both to challenge himself and to discover new potentials. Currently Taxis paints walls, makes murals but focuses on his work on canvas, paper and wood at his studio in Athens, where he lives.
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