Frixos Polenakis was born on October 11, 1972 in Athens..
Frixos has been painting and sketching for some years now, capturing moments of everyday madness; the persons and characters that he comes across are depicted using a drawing pen and paper; what’s clear is that these persons bear little or no direct resemblance to their actual image. Yet, for Frixos this is ultimately a personal and perhaps absurd journey. In this, Frixos has been in uenced by his father: for as long
as he can remember him, Captain Stamatis has been painting. Also by a painting of Miró, “The Bull ght”, which was hanging above his bed until his 15th year. In this classic painting, a stricken bull ghter is shown ying over the bull’s head.
He is inspired by the world, various individuals, the persons he comes into contact with in his everyday life; people in constant motion, their personal stories, their reactions, their smiles, their sorrows, their melan- choly.
What he tries to get across through his work is the other side of the people he sees and meets. Several of his drawings depict a gure with his or her thoughts shown above the head, thoughts Frixos imagines they are entertaining. The game, playfulness shines through in all of his creations: in some this is a strand of naughtiness, mischief; ultimately, this all about love.
Elias Petropoulos’, Frixos’ favorite author once said: “Love, is an elas- tic sort of passion; Love is a liquid, and liquids cannot be (re)pressed.” Indeed, liquids, like ideas, cannot be oppressed or repressed: they ow like a river.
What he wishes for himself as an artist is to be able to paint for as long as he lives, and as long as he remains inspired. This is a unique relation- ship, reminiscent and ful lling like other important moments of life: discussing with a dear friend; holding your child in your arms; lying in bed, not being able to take your eyes o your partner.