Joe Tsambiras is an artist living in Decatur, Georgia. After receiving a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, he traveled throughout the southeastern United States until relocating to Glyfatha, Greece in 1996. It was there that he developed his first important body of work. Two years later, he moved to Atlanta, where he received an MFA in drawing/printmaking from Georgia State University in 2007. In 2010, Creative Loafing awarded him Best Opening (reader’s pick) andBest Gallery Show (reader’s pick) for the four-person show Here We Hide, and runner-up for Best Emerging Artist (reader’s pick). Twice nominated for the prestigious Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award in 2009 and 2010, he regularly exhibits his prints and drawings. THE ARTWORK:
My work depicts a mythic world filled with imagery from medieval references, science fiction, classic fairy tales, and contemporary culture.
It is not my intention to evoke a strictly realistic environment that one might understand via the five senses. Rather, I am interested in the space where nonlinear reasoning, intuition, and physical reality collide.
My etchings are also infused with a deep interest in the history of intaglio printmaking, taking inspiration from the origins of etching in medieval armor design, to the magical realism of Max Klinger.