Glavkos Koumides was born in Nicosia Cyprus in 1950. He studied Architecture at the AA School of Architecture in London from 1969 to 1974 and Psychology at the University of Cologne from 1979 to 1982. Both a painter and printmaker, he also writes literary texts which are often related to his visual works. He relocated to Germany in 1976 where he now works and resides. He first exhibited his engravings in 1977 at the Students’ Centre of Munster University and at Kohlias Bookshop in Nicosia in 1982.
Koumides has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Cyprus, he also represented Cyprus at the Venice Biennale in 1999. He was a member of the Artists Union of Germany (B.B.K.) and the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts. With both paintings and constructions in his repertoire he often uses primordial symbols and Byzantine ecclesiastic objects and furnishings in his work for their aesthetic shape and conceptual weight. Elements of Cypriot Society and folklore are also common findings in his work.
Glafkos Koumides, Palindromon, 2007, Oil on canvas, 114 x 198 cm