The world of art: magical and fantastical. While some express themselves and their reality the way they see it; others, like Tel Aviv based Costa Magakaris, use art to express their feelings theatrically and with extensive use of imagination. Magakaris’s pieces act as characters in a story; they come to life, creating a parallel world, a reflection of dreams and thoughts; his shoe sculptures in particular giving a sense of surrealism.

King Ant

King Ant

Magakaris’s pieces act as characters in a story; they come to life, creating a parallel world, a reflection of dreams and thoughts.

Giulia Catani: Costa, your background heavily involves fine art and sculpture. Where did you first learn and hone your craft?

Costa Magakaris: Although I grew up in an artistic family - my great-grandfather was a professional painter - I also studied art, first in Greece and later in Israel. My background involves a rich engagement in prop design and construction, mostly for theatres. This is a field that improves your ability to solve problems and pay close attention to detail.

Corvus Daurianus

Corvus Daurianus

Each new artwork that I start to make is a new challenge for me. I feel like I have to solve a very interesting and mysterious puzzle.

GC: The pieces you present are so emotive. What do you feel while you are creating them?

CM: Each new artwork that I start to make is a new challenge for me. I feel like I have to solve a very interesting and mysterious puzzle; I'm also curious to see its completion.

GC: Your style transports me to a magical and grotesque world. Where do you get the inspiration for such innovative creations?

CM: I find inspiration almost everywhere: science, religion, mythology, archaeology and art.

GC: Your pieces almost appear like a mythological way to explain life and reality. Do you consider them as part of dreams or dysfunctions of reality?

Valentines Wipe Off

Valentines Wipe Off

When you take your shoes off, this symbol could take a whole bunch of different meanings.

CM: I think that my art is a way to control reality and give it a better, more interesting outcome.

GC: What message are you trying to convey through your imaginative sculptures?

CM: There are not necessarily hidden messages in my art. I like to stimulate the viewer's eye and usually each viewer responds differently.

GC: Recently, you started to work with shoes. Why did you choose this subject for your art?

CM: A shoe is a familiar every day object, and also a symbol of travel. When you take your shoes off, this symbol could take a whole bunch of different meanings. I like to explore this meaning through my lens’ point of view.

Juno 13

Juno 13

GC: You are now living in Tel Aviv. How do the city and the population there accept and understand your work?

CM: Tel Aviv is one of the world's most innovative cities, full of a young population, art galleries and a very vivid, interesting art scene. I feel very proud to be a part of it.

GC: What are you working on now? Do you have any future projects lined up?

CM: At the moment I’m working on a new collection of shoe sculptures and after that I will have to look for a gallery that will present it.

Words: Giulia Catani

Artwork: Dancing Skeletons, 1934 by Edward Burra

Sculptures: Costa Magakaris