Teaching and Research Staff

Angeliki Avgitidou, Associate Professor

Angeliki Avgitidou studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and fine arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (MA, PhD). Her PhD thesis “The artist as subject in creative stasis and drasis explored through performative subjectivity in media art and diary practice” was funded by the AHRB, the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece and the London Institute. She has exhibited internationally in venues such as the ICA (London) and the French Museum of Photography and she has participated at the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, its Performance Festival and the International Biennial of Performance Deformes (Chile). She was part of the national representation of Greece at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (2015) and at the 15th International Exhibition of Architecture of the Biennale of Venice (2016). She has presented papers in international conferences and residencies. She organizes the events Performance now since 2010. She has taught postgraduate courses at UoWM, AUTh and the Open University and is core advisor for Transart Institute. She is author of “Performance Art: the basics. A beginner’s course guide” (University Studio Press), co-author of “Memory Transference” (2009), and co-editor of “Performance now: Performative practices in art and actions in situ” (2013, in Greek). Her research interests include the everyday, autobiographical practices, gender and identity, performance and politics and performance documentation and the archive.


Maria Varela, Associate Professor

Maria Varela is an interdisciplinary artist and an Assistant Professor of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of West Macedonia. Her research focuses on creative applications of new technologies, textile data visualisation and collaborative production with women communities. She experiments with ways in which the archival event is transcribed from the digital environment to the physical world. She creates digital and physical artifacts and events, exploring concepts such as identity, memory, tradition and their constructions. In 2021 she was awarded the Selected Art Award by the Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan. She has presented her work in numerous exhibitions internationally: Symbiotics (EMST, Athens), Plasmata II (Onassis Foundation, Ioannina), Circular Cultures Milano Design Week (Onassis Foundation – British Council, Milan), Handmade (EMST – Schwarz Foundation – Art Space Pythagorion, Samos), Statecraft (EMST, Athens), The event of the thread (MOMus, Thessaloniki), International Art Award (TMoFA, Taoyuan), 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo), 16th International Media Art Biennale WRO (Vrotslav), No Country for Young Men (Bozar Palais de Beaux Art, Brussels ), Future past – Past future: Transmediale (Berlin), AFresh (EMST, Athens), Visual Dialogues (Onassis Foundation, Athens).


Zoe Godosi, Associate Professor

Zoi Godosi graduated from the Department of History and Archeology of the School of Philosophy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1985. She has a Master’s Degree on History of Art and a Doctorate on the same subject by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her research interests are the study of folk painting and Modern Greek and Balkan Art.


Vasileios Bouzas, Professor

Bouzas, Vasileios studied Fine Arts at the Athens School of Fine Arts and got his MFA at the Pratt Institute of New York.  His research interests include drawing, painting, photography, audio, video, and interactive media.


Apostolos Delakos, Assistant Professor

Apostolos has studied Visual Arts (BA, 2002–2006) in Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Applied Arts / Autonomous Design (BA, 2008-2010) at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He graduated from both institutes with honours: at the graduate level, he was awarded with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy’s Prize for Best Graduation Show in 2006 and at the postgraduate level with the DMY-Berlin Festival’s Prize for Best Group Presentation for 2009, a project that was further exhibited in the Berliner Bauhaus-Archiv the same year. He has had five solo exhibitions and more than fifty group shows in The Netherlands, Germany, China and Greece. Most recent solo shows include ”geometry as caprice”, curated by Evita Tsokanta at a.antonopoulou.art in Athens (2018) and “do objects stay” curated by Alexandros Psychoulis, in Cask Gallery in Larissa (2016). Besides being a practising visual artist, Apostolos has taught visual arts to kids between 6 and 12 years old for a decade (2010-2020), has organised and run a design methodology workshop for four years at the MA course Post-Industrial Design in the Architecture Department of the University of Thessaly (2015-2019) and, has designed and run a workshop on Ceramics for the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia (2020). He has recently (2020) completed, with honours, his MA degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology in Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens.

Yannis Ziogas,  Professor

Yannis Ziogas was born in Thessaloniki (Greece). In 2010 he was elected assistant professor at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia (appointed January 2012). He studied Math (BS University of Athens) and received his Master’s in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts (1991) in New York; He holds a PhD from the University of the Aegean (2013). Ηe has held twenty one solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 2001, with the support of the J. F. Kostopoulos Foundation, he attended the International and Curatorial Program in New York. His work has been reviewed nationally and internationally (New York Times, Artnews, Sculpture, Giornalle dell’ arte) . He is the author of several essays on art theory and of the books The Byzantine Malevich, Tarkofsky in Chalkis, Censorship in Visual Arts, the Diary of a 407/80 .


Filippos Kalamaras, Assistant Professor

He works as a Sculptor-Video Artist. He teaches at the 3-Dimensional Applications / Installation and Decorative Arts Studio of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts in Florina, and he taught Digital Arts in the same Department the years 2006-2011. He has a degree in Sculpture from Loughborough University School of Art and Design in England, and a Masters Degree (MSc) in Contemporary Art and Art Theory from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. He participates in marble and sculpture symposia and has also participated in group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He is a member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts and he also regularly publishes material in art magazines and publications. He is a member of the Board and an Editor in Chief of the Dimitris Kalamaras Foundation, a National Endowment whose main purpose is the promotion of art education and the research in the Teaching Methodology of Art.


Yannis Kastritsis,  Professor

Giannis Kastritsis was born in Daphne Evritanias in 1960. He studied Painting at the School of Fine Arts in Thessaloniki from 1985 until 1990 at the studio of in Vanghelis Dimitreas. He then continued his studies, doing his Master at Brooklyn College, New York City from 1990 until 1993. Apart from painting, he is also engaged with photography and sculpture. Since 1997 he is teaching painting at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, in the Department of Graphics and since the year of 2007 he is teaching at the School of Fine Arts in Florina. Finally, he has published the following personal catalogues: “The World of things”, 2004, “In the great pit”, 2006, “The man and his shadow”, 2010, “Cezanne’s doubt”, 2011 and “Interpretation of Lives”, 2012.


Harris Kontosfyris, Professor

He lives and works both in Athens and Florina. He has had 18 solo exhibitions and has participated in various group exhibitions both in Greece and abroad, like the 26h Biennale of Sao Paolo (2004), the 2nd Biennale of Beijing (2006) and the 2nd Biennale of Thessaloniki (2009). He exhibits his work in Zouboulakis Gallery, Athens and in Lola’s Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki. In 2009, he published his book “Inflector” by futura Editions.

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Ektoras Papadakis,  Professor

Hector Papadakis was born in Rethymno, Crete in 1960. From 1983 until 1985 he studied classic sculpture and the art of marble sculpture at the School of Fine Arts, in Pyrgos, Tinos. He graduated with honors in 1985. In the same year he was granted a scholarship, as an honors student, from the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he studied under Professor G. Nikolaidis and later under Professor T. Papagiannis and graduated with honors in 1990. At the same time, he completed with honors his studies in Scenography at the Studio of G. Vasiliadis., as well as in the theory of art acquiring teaching proficiency.

In 1990 and 1991 Hector Papadakis represented the Athens School of Fine Arts at the Meetings of Mediterranean Schools of Fine Arts, which took place in Algeria and in Tunisia respectively. In 1997 he received the 2nd Award of Outdoor Sculpture, at the 2nd International Outdoor Sculpture Symposium – Fukuhara Gakuen University Consortium.  The awarded sculpture remains at the University’s collection.

Since 1990, Hector Papadakis has presented his artworks in various exhibitions, both personal and group exhibitions, in Greece and other countries. Since 2007, as an associate artist of Kaplanon Galleries, he participates in the annual ‘Art Athina’ Art Fair. He also participates in International Art Fairs, such as ‘SWAB 2015’ (Barcelona, October 2015) and ‘ART MADRID 2016’ (Madrid, February 2016).

Since 2007 he is faculty member at the University of Western Macedonia. Since then, he teaches sculpture at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, where he has founded and directs the sculpture studio, while in 2010 he was also elected as Assistant Professor.

In 2011 he received a Master’s degree from the University of Western Macedonia, after completing his thesis on “Busts of historical persons – creation of historical narrations” (Grade: ‘excellent’) and is currently preparing his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Art in the public space’.

Hektor Papadaki’s work is evolving through his research, as well as through teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate university courses. He creates mainly large scale works, from various materials such as marble, bronze/metal, aluminum etc., as part of Sculpture Symposiums, in Greece and other countries, as well as for private collections.


Sofy Papadopoulou, Assistant Professor

Sofy Papadopoulou followed studies in Digital arts (Master in Digital Arts, Athens School of Fine Arts, 2007), Digital printmaking (Master in a project, Printmaking, State Scholarships Foundation, Athens School of Fine Arts, 2008), Printmaking (Diploma in printmaking, Athens School of
Fine Arts, 2002), Painting (Diploma in painting, Athens School of Fine Arts, 2005), Performance and Video art (University of Barcelona-Faculty of Fine Arts, Spain, 2001). From 1999 she has participated in Greek and international exhibitions and art projects. In 2002 she formed COM.ODD.OR visual enhancement group. COM.ODD.OR focuses on printmaking, multimedia installations, live visual performances, interactive multimedia and digital arts.
COM.ODD.OR exhibitions and projects: Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo Exhibition of Greek contemporary printmaking in Japan 2019, Onassis Cultural Centre WHO[‘S] IS WHO[ON 2018, Athens & Epidaurus Festival The Awakening of Memory 2017-2018 & George Souris – Now 2016, Athens Concert Hall Prometheus Bound 2017, 2nd Biennale Contemporary Art Thessaloniki
2009, Bjcem 12th Biennale of Young Artist Italy 2005.


Konstantinos Vassiliou, Assistant Professor

Konstantinos Vassiliou holds a doctorate diploma from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and he is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Western Macedonia. His research interests are the theory of art, aesthetics, and digital culture. He is the author of two books in Greek, Towards the Technology of Art (2012) and Distractive Infinity (2017), both published by Plethron Press, Athens.




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