Yannis Ziogas was born on 14 December 1962 in Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied mathematics at the National & Capodistrian University of Athens, and visual arts at the Center for Creative Studies of Detroit, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Since 1982 Ziogas has been active on both the Greek and international art scene with exhibitions, publications on art and participation in group projects. Originally, he studied mathematics (University of Athens, 1988) but went on to study visual arts in the United States where he received, following a merit scholarship, his Master's degree in Fine Arts (School of Visual Arts, New York, 1991). His circle in the United States included, among others, people like Kim Beom, Luca Buvoli, Theresa Chong, Thomas Hestvold, and Eduardo Kac. From 1997 onwards, Ziogas' work probes the concept of journey and this thematic has formed the object of his art. His Ballads exhibition took place simultaneously in Athens and Connecticut. The artist constructed part of the installation in America and, once he had photographed it, he projected it upon the installation in Athens. Ballads served as a comment on the notion of departure and return. The exhibition was under the auspices of the I.F. Costopoulos Foundation. His work has been featured in the Greek and international Press (New York Times, Sculpture, Artnews, Il Giornalle Dell' Arte etc.).
Yannis Ziogas presented the following personal exhibitions: From Utopia to Epekina (1997), Impatience (2000), Ballads (2002) and Diary of a Cultural Refugee (2005); Mystical Landscapes, Gallery Kaplanon 5, Athens (2008); and So Far So Close, Mesonisi Museum, Florina (2009); Magnus Vir Heroicus Pictor Maximus Artistivus, Gallery Kaplanon 5, Athens (2011). § He also took part in the following group exhibitions: Visual Artroutes #1, F Gallery, Athens (1985); Visual Arts, City of Athens Arts Center, Athens (1985); Homage to..., Syn Gallery, Athens (1985); Painting, Prisma Gallery, Rhodes Island (1986); Visual Action A and B, Kallidromio - General Secretariat for Youth (1986); Aspect, Syn Gallery, Athens (1986); Visual Arts, City of Athens Arts Center, Athens (1986); Visual Artroutes #1, F Gallery, Athens (1986); Musical Athens, Municipality of Athens, Athens (1987); Artists for Kalamata, Athens Conservatory, Athens (1987); National Exhibition, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Piraeus Port Authority - OLP, Piraeus (1987); Europe - USA, Cultural Center, Antwerp, Belgium (1987); Painting, Antenor Gallery, Athens (1988); Painting, F Gallery, Athens (1988); Painting, Engonopoulos Art Gallery, Athens (1988); 2nd International Biennial of Engraving, Municipal Gallery of Athens, Athens (1988); Thesis Show, School of Visual Arts, New York (1991); Abstracting, Visual Arts Gallery, New York (1991); Samos - New York, University of the Aegean, Karlovasi, Samos Island (1996); Teachers Exhibition, Campus College, Kifissia (1996); Color, Poetry of Light, Aegean Municipal Gallery, Syros Island (1997); Mediterranean Encounters, Vorres Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia (1997); Collaborating Artists , Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (1997); Arte Sur, Granada, Spain (1997); Eco + Astyotites, Hellenic American Union, Athens (1997); Color, Poetry of Light, Pantheon Gallery, Igoumenitsa (1998); Symbols / Objects Untold, Stories and Events, Greek Culture Foundation, New York / Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore (1999); Images and Ideas, Stavrodromi Gallery, Kifissia (1999); Symbols / Objects Untold Stories and Events, Municipal Art Gallery, Kavala (2000); Make it Simple, Moon Gallery, Athens (2000); Symbols / Objects Untold Stories and Events, Riverside Studios, London / Greek Culture Foundation, Berlin (2000); Plug In: Art with an Electronic Device, Sarasota, Florida (2000); Collaborating Artists , Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (2001); Open Studio, Intenational Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (2001); Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2002); The Hat, Aristides Giagianos Gallery, Athens (2002); Good Morning America, Emile & Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Connecticut (2003); World Tour Marathon, Aristides Giagianos Gallery, Athens (2004); Berlin 1936, Artspace Apple, Athens (2004); In the beginning there was fire, Titanium Art Gallery, Athens (2004); The Selfunderstood, P37 Gallery, Piraeus (2005); Artwork-Plans Artwork-Bioforms, Athens (2006); Visual Arts in Greece: Crossing Boundaries, Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2006); Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Picasso, One Hundred Years After, Cultural Center of Athens, Athens (2006); In-Situations: Artworks in Time and Space by Contemporary Greek Artists, Municipal Art Gallery A. Tassos, Kalamata, Messinia (2007); Art Athina # 13, Gallery P37, Helexpo, Athens (2007); Athens Art # 13, Chelexpo, Athens (2007) ; and À propos de la Cuisine, Technohoros, Athens (2011).
Ziogas has published the book Byzantine Malevich (2000) while his narrative commentary Tarkovsky in Chalkis is under publication. Simultaneously, he actively participates in Platformes, the non-profit organization of cultural and visual intervention, which promotes dialogue and research in the visual arts.
Currently Yannis Ziogas lives and works in Athens.
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2006]
VASILOPOULOU, VIVI Visual Artways B 1986
GALFY, DENNIS EuropeľUSA 1989
KILESSOPOULOU, KATIA Ioannis Ziogas 1990ľ1993 1993
KEYES, NORMAN Deracination / Memory / Endgame: Three Artists from Athens in Symbols / Objects 1999 New York & Baltimore
TZANETOULAKOU, FAYE Idols and Ideas 1999
BEASLEY, MARK There is more to tell... in Symbols / Objects 2000 London & Berlin
PAPADOPOULOU, BIA Make it Simple 2000
FELSHIN, NINA / KOSKINA, KATERINA Ballads: An Odyssey 2003
PAPADOPOULOU, BIA In The Beginning There Was Fire 2004
KOLOKOTRONIS, YANNIS The Self-Evident 2005
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Yannis Ziogas: Polyptych 2006 ACG Art, Athens
ZIOGAS / KARABINIS / STAVRAKAKIS / CHRISTOPOULOS Viewpoints on Censorship in Greece 2008 Nefeli Publications, Athens [Greek]