Skotinos studied at the Drama School of the National Theatre (1961-1964), going on to study film in New York at the Visual Arts and Movie Subscription Group Schools (1964-1967). He broke onto the scene of visual arts in 1960. This journey began with the series of works ‘Microcosm’ and ‘Macrocosm’ (1965-1967), which exude an abstract mood. Later, the artist delved into surrealism and metaphysical painting, the series ‘Metabolism and Heliotropism’ focusing on the transformation of matter (1967-1974).
After the devastating occupation of the island in 1974, Skotinos adopted a more legible, graphic type of design in an effort to communicate specific messages to his audience. In this way, he produced a series of 17 monumental works under the title ‘The Cycle of Complaint’. These works featured illustrated symbols representing the human and cultural dissociations of the disaster of 1974. Afterwards, he created the sequences ‘The Cretans’, ‘The Walls’, ‘Wandering Statues’, ‘A View from the Deep’ and ‘Reflections’. These works are characterized by their interchange between the realistic, the abstract and the surreal.
George Skotinos, Angel and Wooden Goddess, 1991, Oil on canvas layered on board, 75 x 55 cm