If there was ever a rave held in the Ancient Greek and Roman section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Anagnostopolous’ artwork would come closest to visualizing it. Paul’s body of work featuring male greek and roman figural motifs manipulate space and visual emphasis. The figures, a visual standard of western masculinity with homoerotic subtext, are shown in positions of vulnerability within rich landscapes drawn from Paul’s life. As well as subverting gendered expectations, Paul’s figures draw on his Greek and Italian heritage in addition to his childhood drawings of his grandparent’s replica ancient vases and classical statues.
Paul Anagnostopoulos (b. 1991 Merrick, NY) is an artist working in acrylic and oil painting. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from New York University in 2013 with a BFA. He interned at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice during the 2013 Biennale and became a guest contributor for The Boulevardiers. During 2014, Paul was a resident and exhibiting artist of the Rancho Paradiso Residency in Joshua Tree, CA and the Akumal International Artist Residency in Mexico. During 2015, he began as Marlborough Chelsea's archivist and completed the Copy Shop Residency at Endless Editions in New York, NY. In 2016, Paul was an exhibiting artist in residence at the SÍM Residency in Reykjavík, Iceland; the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; AIAR in Guanajuato, Mexico; the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont; Brooklyn Art Space & Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, he completed a residency at the Hafnarborg Museum in Iceland. His first solo exhibition, Holding Out For A Hero, was presented in 2018 at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. That same year he completed the Maple Terrace Residency Program in Brooklyn, NY. Paul’s second solo exhibition, We Can Be Heroes, was presented in January 2020 at the Leslie-Lohman Project Space in New York, NY. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Hunter College, New York, NY.