Artistic discipline, patience, understanding, knowledge and meticulousness are only a few of the traits icon painting demands from the painter. Hagiography manifests the religious history of a very important era, the byzantine era, as expressed by two Schools, the Macedonian and the Cretan School.
The Cretan School was developed in the 14th century, during the Renaissance, and was embraced by some of the most prominent Greek painters, such as Michael Damaskenos and Dominikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco.
Austere, simple figures, gentle movement, the penumbra; the Cretan style combines aesthetic elements from both the East and the West. Giannis Giatrias learned its ways as a self-taught icon painter since 1980, today an official member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
At his workshop in Maries, Zakynthos, Giannis creates icons and portraits on wooden canvas, as well as frescos on a golden background. Many of his works illustrate the interior of several temples and churches in Zakynthos, Athens and elsewhere in Greece.
Giannis's work can be found, among others, at the temples of:
- Agios Eleytherios (Marousi, Athens)
- Agioi Apostoloi (Pefki, Athens)
- Agios Georgios (Acharnai, Athens)
- Agios Nikolaos (Zakynthos)
- Agioi Taksiarches (Orthonies, Zakynthos)