Christoforos Asimis






This is a permanent exhibition which takes place at all four AK spaces and includes a selection of oil on canvas works created between 2000 and 2104. The exhibition depicts landscapes and more abstract compositions inspired by the natural environment, the architecture and the light on Santorini Island.
Christophoros Asimis has produced the most outstanding expressions of his creativity during the last two decades. He has been established internationally as the artist who depicts the Cycladic light in the most authentic manner, and this exhibition demonstrates the powerful marriage of form and colour in the paintings, which explore with immense sensitivity the passage of the light through the Santorinean landscapes.
Christophoros Asimis is insistent about examining colour and light, as well as how these can illuminate the morphology of the superb architecture and the exquisite sights of the island. For the last 45 years, he has been negotiating the different ways in which painting can express this magnificence. The astonishing variations that only the Greek sunlight can exhibit, combined with the plasticity of the Cycladic architecture, provide fertile ground for artistic investigations, which the artist exploits with the utmost maturity and substance.
The single forms and plexuses of forms  which make up the Santorinean landscape are transformed into games of colour and shading of universal impact. The natural Santorinean stage exerts such a magnetic pull internationally due to its simplicity and the sheer beauty of its architectural structures. Christophoros Asimis’ work examines the diverse features of these elements and his interpretations follow a number of different directions, from peaceful formalism to forceful expressionism, and thus engender a complete rendering of Santorini as a purely visual entity.
  • Greek canvas art painting of clustered Santorini buildings overlooking the blue waters meeting santorini caldera, painted by famous Greek artist Christoforos Asimis
  • Greek canvas painting by contemporary greek artist seen in Asimis art gallery of Santorini architecture from a lower leveled view
  • Greek oil panting by famous contemporary greek artist of traditional building in Santorini painted with delicate streaks as seen from a high focal point
Christoforos Asimis


Christoforos Asimis is internationally acclaimed as “the painter of Santorini”. The high aesthetic value of his paintings reveals the originality of his vision while since the beginning of his career he has dedicated himself exclusively to proudly representing his place of birth.

He was born and raised in Santorini. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and returned to Santorini to express his creative obsession and the sensibilities awakened in him by the Santorinean light and landscape. His signature is synonymous to the uniqueness of his depictions of the island, and this is why he is known as “the painter of Santorini”.

Indeed, he is the only painter who has dedicated himself exclusively to the island’s natural beauty. His focus on natural light in the landscapes he has been painting for 45 years has even inspired a “school” all of his own due to the unparalleled manner in which he captures the light of the Cyclades and records the shapes and figures of the very particular type of architecture encountered on Santorini. He is internationally recognized as one of the top landscape painters in Greece, and his work has found its way into a number of private collections both in Greece and abroad. 

 The artist also decorated the entire interior of Santorini’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral at Fira, a challenging task which took 7 years to complete, as the Cathedral is the main place of worship on the island and its sheer size is daunting. Christophoros composed a series of frescoes which take up the entirety of the church’s indoor space and are deemed to be exquisite specimens of Byzantine art.

 At the AK Art Foundation you will have the opportunity to view some of the most characteristic examples of different periods in Christophoros Asimis’ life as a visual artist.