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We have a common calling to support Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), an organization whose objective is to prevent or to cure blindness. Fotis Flevotomos, a painter, is sharing his artistic talents with RPB to also raise awareness. Like us, he is visually impaired.
Fotis was born with the congenital disorder known as albinism, which is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. This is due to the absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects such as photophobia, nystagmus and astigmatism.
How Fotis sees brings a different perspective to art.
The following is courtesy of his website:
Fotis Flevotomos is a painter whose work has largely been influenced by music. He is also a researcher with interests in the psychology of art and the relationship between music and painting. Flevotomos' dual interest in the spatial and temporal arts was developed at an early age due to the visual disorders of strabismus [a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other] and nystagmus [involuntary eye movement ].
Born in Athens in 1977, he is a graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Athenaeum Conservatory of Music and the University of Essex. His thesis Composing in Unison: Studies in Affinities between Some Musical and Pictorial Structures was published in 2009 by VDM Verlag.
Alongside his pictorial and theoretical work Flevotomos is also active in the field of filmmaking. He has collaborated with musicians and visual artists on documentaries and music videos such as L'Atelier d'Antonis Lionis and Postcards.
In June 2011, Flevotomos exhibited a series of drawings and watercolors at Mid-Manhattan Library in New York and spoke publicly about the effects of low vision on his art. His paintings have been displayed at various spaces and galleries in Finland, Greece and Cyprus.
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