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Jannis Varelas

Jannis Varelas lives and works in Athens, Vienna, and Los Angeles. He received an MFA from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA from the Athens School of Fine Arts. Selected solo shows include The Breeder, Athens (upcoming, June 2017); New Flags for a New Country/Destroying Elvis, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens (2016); New Flags for a New Country, The Breeder, Athens (2015); Sleep My Little Sheep Sleep, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (2012); The Oblong Box, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, curated by Marina Fokidis in collaboration with Jannis Varelas (2011); Brandybell Series, Autocenter, Berlin (2010); Blue Soldier/Opera Costumes, The Breeder, Athens (2009). Varelas is represented by The Breeder, www.thebreedersystem.com.

Selected solo shows include: The Breeder, Athens (upcoming June 2017), “New Flags for a New Country-Destroy Elvis” Onassis Cultural Center, Athens (2016), “New Flags for a New Country”, The Breeder, Athens (2015); “Sleep My Little Sheep Sleep”, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Ohio, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (2012); “Brown Box and the Broken Theater” at Krinzinger Galerie, Vienna (2012); “The Oblong Box”, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, curated by Marina Fokidis in collaboration with Jannis Varelas (2011); “Brandybell Series” Autocenter, Berlin (2010); “Blue Soldier-Opera Costumes”, The Breeder, Athens (2009). 

Jannis Varelas Credit Chris Kontos
Photo: Chris Kontos

Selected group shows include: “Fireflies in the Night Take Wing”, curated by Robert Storr, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens (2016);  “Ametria”, Benaki Museum, Athens, Based on an idea by Roberto Cuoghi, organized by the DESTE Foundation in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, (2015); “Paper - works from the Saatchi Collection”, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); “Hell As Pavillion”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, curated by Nadja Argyropoulou (2013); “DESTE Prize 2011”, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens (2011); “Skin Fruit: Selections from The Dakis Joannou Collection”, curated by Jeff Koons, New Museum, New York (2010); “Lebt und arbeitet in Wien III: Stars in a Plastic Bag”, Kunsthalle Wien, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Raphaela Platow, Olga Sviblova and Angela Stief (2010); Cairo Biennial, curated by Ehab Ellaban (2010); New Orleans Biennial Prospect 1, curated by Dan Cameron, New Orleans (2008); “Destroy Athens”, 1st Athens Biennial, curated by Xenia Kalpaktzoglou, Poka Yio and Augustine Zenakos, Athens (2007). 

Work by Jannis Varelas are in prominent private and institutional collections among which are the Saatchi Collection in London, the Dakis Joannou Collection in Athens, the Zabludowicz Collection in London and The Hort Family Collection in New York.

Jannis Varelas is represented by The Breeder, Athens.