Chris Tsonias was born in the north eastern Greek city of Komotini in 1968. It’s a city with an eclectic mix of European and Western influences, but at the same time a place which has absorbed the Oriental influences of nearby Asia.
For the last 7 years Chris has worked as a sculptor and maker, experimenting with found and discarded materials like paper, card and fabric to develop a construction process imagining, designing and building objects of unparalleled skill and beautiful form. Through extensive research he has created an innovative method for recycling a variety of materials into forms such as musical instruments, sculpture and functional audio speakers. These forms have acted as a canvas for Chris’s own imagination. Traditional musical instrument shapes exist in their own right, but are often re-imagined and enhanced with a vivid array of original design elements. Sculptural forms bring to life artistic imagery but also act as a canvas for other artists to explore their practice.
Recognising the often-devastating impact on the environment of current processes to produce musical instruments and audio speakers, Chris has engineered an innovative process, which turns wasted and found materials into one-off unique objects. This process, with its very low impact on the environment, demonstrates a commitment to ecological sustainability and the world we live in.
Chris’s work has been seen throughout Greece and exhibited in London. Music performed on his instruments has been played at European Union events, at conferences and cultural festivals in Greece and beyond. Chris has also formed partnerships with commercial businesses and international brands.ς.
When before about 7 years I made my first violin of paper as a hobby , I never imagined that it would be the beginning of a so creative artistic career.
There has never been as an artist in the past, but as we say here in Greece, better late, than ever.
The sense of the creation of a beautiful and fully functional objects from a piece of paper, or fabric was addictive and fascinating .
My goal now, is to give a second chance in life to these waste material, giving to them a special value and aesthetics and helping in parallel the environment recycling directly.
It is great satisfaction and joy to know my art gives messages and lessons for ecology and social behaviour.
My art ... from the beginning even, was difficult and controversial. People relating to art say, that it is not art but musical instruments, people associated with music say that there are not a musical instruments, but art.
So, yes my Art is unique, in real combine the Ecology , with different style of arts and the music.
One of my aim is to introduce a novel element of sustainability into my creations. My fully handmade instruments fairly succeed in cast a spell on those who listens to soothing music coming out of this musical instruments and my purpose is the creation of one or more of recycled and artistic musical bands - orchestras and get involved in entertaining.
I think is a very satisfying to see your art in action.
New collaborations abroad and my own new techniques in art, led me to a new creative directions and artistic approaches.
A new style musical instruments, sculptures, design objects, installations and new media Abstract and Pop art made only from textile-fabric without any use of paint is only some of my new creation.
Finally, I want all these seemingly different things that are made, to be able to combine them and involve with entertainment and education.