Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis


“The Miracle of the Brigand’s Seduction by Saint Rossa the Sylvan” 2016. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm

Maybe my future is curating. I am receiving beautiful, accomplished painting images over the wire from artists participating in International Stuckism at Watkins Glen, and what might be very good for the general public, is dangerous business for lessor painters like myself.

I hold much reverence for Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis. He has reached a realm of painting I will not travel to in this lifetime. Unfortunately, I think I’m slated to be a squirrel in the next one anyway, so “nuts to me”—I will just have to persist in my limitations, perfect them as I often say, and use Stuckism as a finely tuned vehicle to nirvana.

Congratulations Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis! Luck and good fortune also to those who view his work at Quintus Gallery in October. It will have traveled so far, and we shall pay our respects to this accomplished painter.

Now a little bit about you…

Michael Odysseus Yakoumakis was born on 1956 in Athens of Greece. He studied Painting at the Scuola Libera Del Nudo of the Academy of Fine Arts of Naples in Italy, and obtained a Laurea in Geological Sciences at the University of the same city. He studied Computer Science at the EL.KE.PA of Athens. He enhanced his education and experience by learning Sumi-e, Comic Design, Incision & Printmaking, Artistic Book-binding and Graphics Design.

He is a regular member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, Greece’s official professional guild of fine artists, supervised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.
He worked as a Systems Engineer and Fine Artist until 2003, when he decided to focus exclusively on the Fine Arts. Since then he lives in Athens where he works as a Painter, Illustrator, Tutor of Fine Arts and Fantasy Fiction Writer.
He founded the “Romantic Anonymous Fellowship”, Athenian group of the “Stuckism International” movement of Fine Artists.
He writes and illustrates two series of fantasy fiction graphic literature: “The Chronicles of the Archipelago” and “The Chronicles of the West”.
His painting oeuvre has, until now, been presented at eight personal shows in Athens and Kythera Island and at several group shows in Montreal, Nicosia, London, Rome, Hamburg, Liverpool, Florence, Athens and Canterbury.
His oeuvre is mainly symbolist with several references to the International Gothic, the Italian Renaissance, the Flemish and German Primitives, the Japanese Sumi-e, the “Sezessionstil”, the “Neue Sachlichkeit”, to Surrealism, and to some schools of European Comic.