Andreas Makariou was born in Paphos in 1955 and is regarded as one of the most important Cypriot painters of the 80’s and 90’s. With his works, he established the contemporary Cypriot art movement, and has continued to influence the currents of Cypriot art. He headed the team ‘KATHODOS’ with artwork, ecological interventions and installations in archaeological places (Kings’ Tombs, Catacombs, St. George’s Caves, Akamas), in religious buildings and in nature. He called them OIKOTOPIA and Philosophical Tree.
Makariou worked parallel to the Italian movement ‘RANSAVANTGARDIA’ from 1977 to 1998 and his series of artworks ‘Comedia dell Arte’ were presented and lauded in International exhibitions such as Art Expo New York, Art Expo LA, Europ'Art Geneva, Euro-Art Barcelona, Cairo’s international biennale in Alexandria, Barcelona, Varsovia, Sofia, Florence, in some of which he garnered distinctions and international awards. Makariou is also involved with monumental art, creating works in accordance with the architecture in monumental fresco, mosaic bas-relief and metallic sculptures in state buildings, museums, schools airports and hotels.
Andreas Makariou studied with a state scholarship at the Sourikof Fine Art Academy in Moscow in 1975-1979 in the Painting Department Artamonof and Monumental Painting 1979-1982 in the Department of Monumental ??Art K.Toutevol??. Makariou has served as the director of cultural services of Paphos municipality between the dates 1987-1993. He has been director of the Pegasus Art Foundation in Limassol since 2007. In 2009 he received the Silver Medal of Honor from the Historical Memory 55-59 committee for his epic monumental work ‘Hymn to Freedom’, created between 1996 and 2001 for the museum of War in Cyprus. His work can be found in museums, national collections and in numerous foundations in Cyprus, Greece, the rest of Europe and the U.S.A.
Andreas Makariou, Urandia 2000: Dali Don Quixote fighting with scarecrows, 2000, Acrylic, mixed technique, 340 x 260 cm