Constantinos Kounnis


category: artist, academic, education adult, installation, photography, new media / e-media
characteristics: light, sound
organisations: Two Four Two

b.: 1973  •  gender: male

Lives and works in Nicosia.

Studied architecture in Florence, Italy.

In 1996, along with Costas Mantzalos founds the art team 242 and work collectively. Their Art could be characterised as visual-multimodal since they use video, photography and installation as their primary medium. Thematically, they revolve around the narrative of the human emotion, speculating the modern human through sociological matters. Their immediate purpose is for the viewer, not to remain passive but to interact with their work, either physically or emotionally.

The Art Group 242 has been presenting its work since 1999 in solo exhibitions in Cyprus, Germany and Australia and has participated in various group exhibitions in Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Holland, France, Monaco, Spain and Italy.

Constantinos Kounnis also works as an architect and is a member of the faculty of Architecture, Fine and Applied Arts Department of the Frederick University.

"Over the course of the 20th century, the boundaries of artistic genres have shifted and changed. It is not rare in the contemporary art scene to find works that require a whole new platform to be placed upon. A platform, which can accommodate a hybrid of disciplines such as design, architecture, fashion or even literature.

TWO|FOUR|TWO Art Group embarked on its visual voyage as a collaborative duo.
Coming from different backgrounds –a visual artist and an architect– we explore our common experience to establish a shared base, where we can communicate, among ourselves and with our viewers. Our work does not pretend to be a traditional piece of art, seeking instead a new platform on which to stand in its own right. It was the creative displacement of both parts, which led us to work as a group.

TWO|FOUR|TWO Art Group lives and believes in Art, as an evolutionary institution, which changes in time and mutates with the passing of time, yet, like democracy, remains a supreme power in the hands of the people and is characterized by  the recognition of equality of opinions and voices."

Art Group 242