Antonis Fikos was born in 1987 in Athens where he still lives. From a young age he painted whatever he saw around him, such as comics, landscapes icons and more.At the age of 13 he started studying Byzantine painting under the guidance of George Kordis, with whom he also collaborated professionally for 5 years painting murals in Orthodox churches, while at the same time developing his own personal painting style.
The themes of his painting, both religious and secular, emanate from the Orthodox Christian tradition and ancient Greek mythology respectively.In terms of technique, his portable icons are painted using egg tempera on handmade Japanese paper which is glued onto wood, and his murals are painted in acrylics.
Having a background as a graffiti artist and an iconographer in Orthodox Christian churches, Fikos is continuing his developmental journey by painting murals in public places. The value of these works is exceptional, because it is the first time that the monumental byzantine technique meets a contemporary movement such as street art.
Priestesses of Aphrodite
Sacred prostitution -a phenomenon introduced from the East- was practiced in various parts of ancient Greece, such as Sicily, Corinth and Cyprus. Prostitutes and priestesses at the same time, “hierodules” (slaves of the Sacred) were highly regarded and respected by the community. Many of them were devoted to the temple from an early age and contributed significantly to the city’s wealth but also security, as is evident from the fact that during the Persian invasion of Greece, they were called to offer a sacrifice to Aphrodite for their savior.