RINOS STEFANIS

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Rinos Stefani (born 1958) is a multimedia Cypriot artist who introduced Praxis happenings. His best known Praxis is Human Targets. In 2011 he did the Charcoal Project in the Buffer Zone, Cyprus. He created the On Target and participated in the Eco Art – two major projects of the European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017. Both in his paintings as well as in his Praxis he investigates issues of violence. About Stefani’s Praxis happenings with Targets it has been written that he calls visual semantics into question. He brings out an oxymoron: man aiming at his own image, aiming at himself. His work are acts of exorcism and apotropaic rituals against the curse of human self-destruction. The cruciform Dancer is the most characteristic metaphor of his imagery. Rinos Stefani lives in Tala, Paphos. He studied Art at Kingsway Princeton College and Byam Shaw School of Art, London (1978–1984). He lived in Berlin and Barcelona (1985 – 1989). In 1983 he was awarded the Graham Hamilton Drawing Prize. In 1995 he received the 2nd prize at the competition for a public monument in Ledra street, Nicosia and in 1997 the 1st prize at the competition Keeping Glasgow in Stitches – Cyprus, organized by the British Council and NIMAC. His work has been shown in numerous museums and international exhibitions including Beijing Biennale China, Mediterranean Art Biennale Tunis and the Gallerie Inge Baecker, Bad Munstereifel, Germany. He uses a variety of media, including installations, painting and drawing.

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