Nicosia, April 2016

Achilleas Kentonis

Trans-disciplinary Artist / Innovation trainer / Engineer

He studied Engineering, Physics and Fine Arts in the University of South Alabama, USA and at the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Spain and completed a professional education program on Innovation at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston, USA.

As a researcher / scientist he participated in research programs at NASA, the University of Cyprus and the Aegean University. He is the founder of Innovation Gym and co-founder of ARTos Foundation; a non-profit organization dedicated to Arts, Sciences, Innovation and Social Impact through creative practices.

As visual artist he had solo exhibitions and collaborated in different disciplines of artistic projects. He was selected and represented Cyprus and Greece in different European and international Salons / exhibitions, such as Biennales and Triennales, (such us the Venice Biennale in 2013 representing the Maldives Pavilion) at the fields of photography, engraving, architecture, stage and costume design, installation, video art, short films (experimental, animation and documentary). In addition, he organized or participated in various international cultural events, symposiums, conferences, seminars and lectures. He realized urban interventions/actions, online projects, geopolitical art, international projects, artistic publications.

He collaborated with various theatrical groups and the national theatre as stage and costume designers and realized 17 theatre plays. Since 1999 they realized more than 35 short films and videos. He received distinctions and awards for different kind of creation.

Since 2009 he creates and manipulates electro-acoustic instruments and produces sonic, noise and alternative music performances. In 2010 he created the Urban Hero a faceless hero who brings change, justice and love to our planet. In addition in 2012 he and Maria Papacharalambous created the Bank of Commons. A bank in times of crisis which is not based on exchange but instead on human values.