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Dimitris Chiotopoulos

Dimitris Chiotopoulos was born in Athens in 1963. He is qualified as a surgeon, Ph.D. at the University of Athens and he also occupies himself as a visual artist.

He has been involved with painting since 1976 and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He is a member of the Greek Chamber of Artists. He is also a member of the Hellenic Authors Society.

He has studied next to distinguished artists such as Dimitris Gavrilidis, Leonidas Papadopoulos, Daniil Daniil and Kostas Grammatopoulos.

He also worked as a medical illustrator on more than twenty books where various medical methods were presented, surgeries and other medical procedures. In this field Dimitris Chiotopoulos combines medical science with painting.

In February 1993 a successful solo exhibition was held at the Dimokritos Art Gallery with a foreword in the exhibition catalogue by University of Athens Art History Professor Stelios Lydakis.

Another art exhibition was held in June 1994 at the Goulandris-Horn Foundation in Plaka where works of art and literature by Dimitris Chiotopoulos were presented by Vasilis Georgiadis, Ioannis Koutsocheras, Thrasyvoulos Kavvouras and Athena Schinas.

April 1995 saw his works presented at the University of Athens Kostis Palamas Cultural Centre in a solo exhibition with a foreword in the exhibition catalogue by distinguished art historian Vassos Kountouridis.

From December 1998 to January 1999 a solo exhibition was held in the Greek-French Association Art Gallery with a foreword in the exhibition catalogue by the member of the Athens Academy Prof. Evangelos Moutsopoulos.

In December 1997 an exhibition space was established and opened at Greek Medical Welfare Scheme (TSAY) Building to host a permanent collection of artworks by Dimitris Chiotopoulos.

In 1996 he participated in the international exhibition “Quadrienale di Roma” where he won the first prize and in 1997 he participated in the Bienalle di Venezia, two exhibitions organised by Αssociazione Nazionale Culturale Artistiko Amici del Quadrato and Federazione Nazionale Esperti e Critici d' Arte ( FENESPART).

Also in 1998 he received the Italian Flag First Prize and in the same year the first prize at the international exhibition held in the city of Bologna as well as the Bologna Municipality Prize.

In 1998 he also received the first Mantova International Prize in the World Poster Artist Contest in which he participated representing Greece. In 1998 Patriarch Bartholomew the 1st gave him his blessing.

In 1999 he received the Gran Trofeo Leone di San Marco, Venice, having been invited to participate by the Associazione Nazionale Culturale Artistico Amici del Quadrato and the Federazione Nazionale Esperti e Critici d’Arte (FENESPART) and Pope John Paul II bestowed his papal blessing on him.

In 2001 space was made available by the Municipality of Doxato, Prefecture of Drama, in its neo-classical Cultural Centre to host permanently a series of works by Dimitris Chiotopoulos. This move came as part of the Cultural Decentralization Scheme supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

In 2008 he participated in the group exhibition organised by the International Olympic Truce Foundation during the Olympic games of Beijing titled “From Ancient Greece to Beijing”.

In 2000 he published his poetical collection “Genesis” where by combining poetry with painting he created Total Art. It is in this collection that the term Total Art is used for the first time. In 2007 the second edition of “Genesis” is released and in 2008 with his collection “The feel of Colours” Total Art becomes the point of reference of his artistic creation.

In 2013 the second edition of “One hundred days of Spring” is released, where apart from the poetry and the painting, the distinguished Greek composer Mimis Plessas adds the component of music to Total Art. Here the Correspondence of the Arts leads to the creation of a multi-dimensional art, where colours, volumes and surfaces, speech and music, create the ultimate work of art.

In March 2013, at Ersi Gallery in Athens he presented his "Total Art" proposal in a solo exhibition entitled "100 hundred days of Spring".

In 2014 he presented the third edition of his poetical collection “Feel of the Colour” where with his painting and poetry and the music composed by Mr. Mimis Plessas they presented a new Total Art proposal.

In October 2014 he presented his work “Alogo” in a solo exhibition at the gallery La Corte Contamporanea in Florence, curated, edited and prorogued by Mr. Jiuliano Serafini.

In addition to art, Dimitris Chiotopoulos is also actively involved in literature, having published to date twelve collections of poetry entitled “Daily Encounters”, “White Line”, “One Hundred Days of Spring”, “Roofs of Silence”, ‘”Steps in the light of the full moon”, “Sea Wind”, “Genesis”, “Eight”, “Ode to Shadow”, “Horse” and “Feel of the Colours” and “Collection” a selection from his literary works which were published in English by the Hellenic Society for Philosophical Studies.

Works by Chiotopoulos have been published in many leading art books and journals where the particular nature of his personal style has been analysed.

Works by Chiotopoulos can be found in both private collections and public buildings such as the Vatican Embassy, the University of Athens Rector’s Building, the Hellenic Anti-Cancer Society, the Athens Academy, the Greek-French Association Art Gallery, the Greek Olympic Medallists Association, Municipal Gallery of Larissa-Museum G. I. Katsigra, Building of Thessalia Region in Larissa etc.

In November 2014 he participated in the group exhibition entitled "Imprints" at Ersi's gallery in Athens together with artists Kontantinos Xenakis, Nikos Chouliaras and Kyriakos Mortarakos.

From October 13th to November 8th, 2016, he participated in a group painting exhibition at Ersi's gallery entitled "Open Point" along with Demosthenes Kokkinidis, Kyriakos Mortarakos and Spyridoula Politi. The exhibition was curated by art critic Palioura Eirini.

From December 9th, 2016 to January 7th, 2017, he participated in Maria's Gennitsariou exhibition of calligraphy in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Myths, fairy tales and poetic dreams." The exhibition was curated by art critic Palioura Eirini. In this exhibition, the proposal of holistic artwork was presented through calligraphy, painting and talking.

He participated in Art Athina 2017 with Gallery Ersi Kiosk 12 (Alexis Akrithakis, Konstantinos Xenakis, Dimitris Chiotopoulos).

From November 14th, 2017 to December 11th, 2017, Dimitris Chiotopoulos participated in a group exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "The Familiars" with A. Akrithakis, S. Vassiliou, J. Getis, V. Kaniaris, S. Kapezanou, G. Lappas, G. Mavroidis, K. Mortarakos, G. Mpouzianis, D. Mytaras, S. Politis, K. Tsoklis, G. Tsarouchis, Th. Tsigkos and A. Fasinos.

From April 19th, 2018 to May 5th, 2018, Dimitris Chiotopoulos presented a personal exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Horse". The exhibition was curated by Jiuliano Serafini.

Dimitris Chiotopoulos participated in Art Athina Festival 2018 with Gallery Ersi, Kiosk B2 (Alexis Akrithakis, Giorgos Lappas, Konstantinos Xenakis, Dimitris Chiotopoulos).

From November 15th, 2018 to December 10th, 2018, he participated in a group exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Books - Notebooks of Art" with A. Akrithakis, A. Asteriadis, S. Vassiliou, K. Grammatopoulos, G. Gounaropoulos, R. Kapeliari, A. Kokkinos, Ch. Katsadiotis, A. Skourtis, G. Tsarouchis, N. Chatzikiriakos - Gkikas.

He participated in Art Athina Festival 2019 with Gallery Ersi from the 19th to 23rd of June 2019.

From June 12th, 2019 to July 12th, 2019, he participated in a group exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Ark" with N. Kessanlis, Th. Tsingos, A. Fassianos, G. Zongolopoulos, S. Politi, D. Tataris και A. Vais.

From November 20th, 2019 to January 10th, 2020, he participated in a group exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Traces" with Giorgios Lazogkas, Konstantinos Xenakis, Giorgos Lappas.

From June 18th, 2020 to September 10th, 2020, he participated in a group exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "Polis – Civilization, Private – Public space" with G. Lazongas, Ν. Kessanlis, Ν. Kaskouras, Τ. Marthas, S. Vassiliou, Th. Manolidis.

From November 3rd to December 3rd, 2020, he presented the individual exhibition in Gallery "Ersi" entitled "The New City", focused on his proposal "total art" which is based on the communication of the arts (see more about total art in the website). The parameter of the speech was poetry by Titos Patrikios. The exhibition was presented by Dimitris Angelatos, Professor of Modern Greek Philology and Theory of Literature at the NKUA (Thesis "Literature and Painting", Gutenberg publications 2017).