Christos Pantieras explores themes of communication, relationships, intimacy, and identity. He is engaged with the digital word and the weight it carries beyond virtual space. Text is largely a material for Pantieras. He sources it from online correspondence, such as email, text messages, and messaging from gay hook-up apps, which he then manipulates through analog processes. His sculptures and installations become a physical record of a human presence, they archive the dissolution of affection, while investigating the resonance of a lost connection.
Christos Pantieras (born, 1973 in Ottawa) completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at York University (Toronto, ON) in 2015 for which he earned an The Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts and SSHRC funding. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: The Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa), The ArQuives (Toronto), Modern Fuel ARC (Kingston), AXENEO7 (Gatineau), Circa-Art Actuel (Montreal), and Artcite Inc (Windsor). Pantieras' work is held in the collections of the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and in several private holdings. He has received professional grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. Pantieras was a finalist for the Ottawa Arts Council Mid-Career Award in 2019.
Christos Pantieras gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa.
Christos Pantieras would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
Christos Pantieras would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Christos Pantieras remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.