Nikos & Pandelis Sotiriades

Nikos and Pandelis Sotiriades were born in Aghios Nikolaos of Crete. Their father, a refugee from Black Sea, bequeathed to them his love for the metal and the knowledge necessary for it’s elaboration. The two brothers, denying the pre-set route of their university studies, receive their father’s heritage and put it into an amazing journey; a heritage that originates to the copper utensils of Trebizond and, traveling through time, it is presented nowadays in a modern and compound attire.

Although involved with sculpture from 1985, in 1993, Nikos and Pandelis Sotiriades created their first tree of stainless steel. Then, the same year, a big event-installation “Trees-Farewell” took place on the surface of Aghios Nikolaos lake, the first time of water-born sculpture in Greece.

An artificial environment which will come to replace the natural one, after the hands of man will have it destroyed, trees made of iron,

stainless steel, bronze, polyester, containing lamps and neon lights, trees that look alive with their “eyes” lit in the nights, ironically beautiful trees, trees awakening and warning us for the destruction of the earth, trees reminding that man is not capable to recreate a truly functional environment when this will be no longer existing.

After their exhibition “Masks & Figurines 1997 A.D.” in the Archeological Museum on 1997, Nikos and Pandelis Sotiriadis have worked a lot on the human figure, a popular archetype ever since man gained consciousness of his being.

Following the ancient pro-Minoan tradition, as the three little statues called “Apollonian Trinity” excavated in the province are, by the archeologists, the very first samples of metallurgy and using their well known materials, various metals and glass, the sculptors love to create human figures, mostly with their arms raised to the skies, a totally emotional gesture that reveals the highest of spirits or an effort for communication with the divine.

The “Totemic Figures”, first exposed in Elounda Beach Hotel, are a sequel of an earlier sculpture titled “Plants”. Once more the divine is present, human being is vulnerable, fragile, questing, trying to solve out the mystery of where we come from and where we want to go.

The bronze “Dancer” is an innovation in their work, as it adds movement to the legs of the figure, a direct reference to religious and festival dancing from prehistoric times to our nowadays life.

A 6 m tall sculpture of theirs decorates the town of Aghios Nikolaos, named “Crete, Maritime Land”. Made of forged bronze and glass, it is an excellent sample of contemporary art , that builds a bridge between the ancient Cretan traditions and the today’s life of a town that lives and activates by the sea. Very close to that, on the small and beautiful beach of Kitroplatia, stands the Shower, one more creation of theirs, proving that Art except of being something to look at, can also be something of daily and common use.

Nikos Sotiriades

nikos sotiriades

Nikos Sotiriadis was born in Aghios Nikolaos of Crete in 1959.

His father, Haralambos Sotiriadis, originates from Kapikioy of Trebizond and was born in Istanbul on 1923, while his mother, Irini Koutselaki, originates from Kalamafka of Ierapetra in Crete and was born in 1936. Since his young age, with his brother Pandelis, grasp every opportunity given to hang around their father workshop, where he passes to them all the secrets of metals and their elaboration. Nikos finds particularly indulging the technique of forging metal sheets. This craft was passed to their father Haralambos by his own father, Nikos Sotiriadis, a blacksmith from Black Sea.

This way, when he finished high school, Nikos Sotiriadis was a master in elaborating several materials and crafting various constructions and objects. On the parallel, all these years he had been engaged with photography, participating in international contests, as well as music, playing the trombone for the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Aghios Nikolaos, from the age of ten. Next he studies electronic engineering in Heraclion, a subject he will never get involved with in the future. After his studies, he joins the Greek army, where he serves as a reservist officer until 1983. After his army duties, he chooses to commit to the art he inherited from his father and not to what he had studied. His brother Pandelis took the same decision and thus together they created a company that involves with the elaboration of various materials, all kinds of metals especially. Their company’s subject is sculpture, design and specialized construction.

The great journey in art with the individual -but also the participation in many groupexhibitions has begun. In every place he is in, he visits regularly all kinds of the museums, the archeological ones in particularly, because he considers museums as places with positive vibes, but also as unique schools where people can study art so freely and intensively. He has chosen to live and work in his birth place. He is married to Anna Papadaki- Sotiriades, song composer and they have two children, Haralambos and Katerina. He has been member and chairman in several councils of societies and associations, serving the common benefit.

Pandelis Sotiriades

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Pandelis Sotiriadis was born in Aghios Nikolaos of Crete in 1960.

His father, Haralambos Sotiriadis, originates from Kapikioy of Trebizond and was born in Istanbul on 1923, while his mother, Irini Koutselaki, originates from Kalamafka of Ierapetra in Crete and was born in 1936. Since his young age, with his brother Nikos, grasp every opportunity given to hang around their father workshop, where he passes to them all the secrets of metals and their elaboration. Pandelis finds particularly indulging the technique of forging metal sheets. This craft was passed to their father Haralambos by his own father, Nikos Sotiriadis, a blacksmith from Black Sea.

This way, when he finished high school, Pandelis Sotiriadis was a master in elaborating several materials and crafting various constructions and objects. On the parallel, all these years he had been engaged with music, playing the clarinet for the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Aghios Nikolaos, from the age of eleven.

Next he studies electronics in Athens, a subject he will never get involved with in the future. After his studies, he joins the Greek army, where he serves as a reservist sergeant-major in Cyprus until 1983. After his army duties, he chooses to commit to the art he inherited from his father and not to what he had studied. His brother Nikos took the same decision and thus together they created a company that involves with the elaboration of various materials, all kinds of metals especially. Their company’s subject is sculpture, design and specialized construction.

The great journey in art with the individual -but also the participation in many groupexhibitions has begun. In every place he is in, he visits regularly all kinds of the museums, the archeological ones in particularly, because he considers museums as places with positive vibes, but also as unique schools where people can study art so freely and intensively. He has chosen to live and work in his birth place. He specializes in forging sheets of metal and their assembling, a very difficult task that demands the use of the hammer and the anvil as the only tools.

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