ARTIST NAME: GARSOT (Gar-Sot) derived from Gardiakos Sotirios.
Born in Valta – Filiatra Messinias (Greece) in 1943, Garsot - formerly known as Sotirios Gardiakos - graduated as a fine artist in Greece and did post graduate work in sculpture at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
On canvas or in sketch, in sculpture or mixed media, OPTIMISTIC SURREALISM has become the heart and face of Garsot's signature look. He paints, draws and molds with inspiration and emotion rather than just design. Following no set form or technique, you will recognize many distinctive styles, yet happy, vibrant colors evoking uplifting thoughts and feelings are dominant. Garsot’s works comprise many different styles, from classic to modern to surrealism. One concept remains evident, he paints to portray feelings of optimism, hope, to make everyone feel good for a better tomorrow.
I have painted professionally for over 60 years and I have created thousands of paintings, sculptures, architectural and mixed media designs throughout Europe, South Africa, U.S. and the Middle East.
The majority of my work remains undocumented over my career and travels. Private Collectors and Galleries are helping me revisit my past work locations to help document my Art.
Through painting I focus on inspiring a brighter, more optimistic generation of Art. It is a movement more than a particular style that's important to all of us.
My choice is to create positive images in all my work. This theme can be either based on or influenced by Mythology, Nature, Politics, Science or inspiring human thoughts. Whatever it is, it is always uplifting and full of positive energy!
I like to blend fantasy, realism, abstraction and my own concepts and inspirational visions together with a strong influence in the female form in my Art. "She" is nature's dominant creator and nurturer.
Today I want to influence future artists to be uplifting in their message as the Arts are the light and glory of Humanity. We will remain forever victorious as a species through the Arts."