John Vasiliou

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John Vasiliou
Minneapolis, Minnesota - United States




John Vasiliou is an artist living and working in Minneapolis. He was born in Virginia in 1947 but has spent the greater part of his life in Minnesota. His formal art training was at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, though he considers himself to be largely self-taught. His influences point to Abstract Expressionism and Outsider Art. His abstract mixed media works have been exhibited in select group and juried exhibitions at venues throughout Minnesota, nationwide and online.


My work is intuitive more than carefully thought out. I draw on subconscious motifs and archetypes which help define my work. Abstraction is the way I express myselfĖ exploring ideas, materials and a vocabulary of forms that resonate with me. Serendipity has a place in my creative process also. I try to integrate all of those elements into a certain harmony, where abstraction and objectivity meet. I attempt to create imagery that is original and engaging, allowing viewers to make their own associations.

"There is at the back of every artistís mind something like a pattern or a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would wish to wander; the strange flora and fauna of his own secret planet; the sort of thing he likes to think about. This general atmosphere, and pattern or structure of growth, governs all his creations, however varied."

G. K. Chesterton


2012  COLOR GAMUT Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
          Purely Paper Flow Artspace, Minneapolis, MN
          Black & White Studiopolos, Minneapolis, MN
2011  Sense of Place Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN
          Fear Itself Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
          Twin Cities Pride Art Exhibition Art Institutes Intl., Minneapolis, MN
          Spotesque spotArt, Minneapolis, MN
2010  About Face Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
          Sacred Ground Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
          Arts of the Community [SMARTS] Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
          Go Live Go Red FIVETWOSIX Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2009  Winter 2009 Exhibition [online] Creative Divergents []
          Dia de los Muertos [Day of the Dead] Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
          Anatomy Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2007  Art-A-Whirl Juried Exhibition Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN
2006  Fear [online] Projekt 30 []
          Partners for Violence Preventionís Peace & the Arts Juried Exhibition   
            FIVETWOSIX Gallery, St. Paul, MN
          Art Kudos International Competition [online] Art Kudos []
          2-d-3-d [online] Energy Gallery[], Toronto, CANADA
          30th Annual Membersí Juried Exhibition Bloomington Art Center,
            Bloomington, MN
          FallOut [online] Caladan Gallery[], Beverly, MA
2005  Open Door Juried Exhibition Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
          Another Group Show ArTruijillo Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
          5th Annual Twin Cities Religious Art Exhibit Catholic Eldercare Minneapolis MN
          Landscapes of the Mind [online] Caladan Gallery[]
            Beverly, MA
          DoubleTake John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2004  11th Annual National Watermedia Exhibition Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
            Red River Watercolor Society
2003  Fifth Annual Watermedia Ď03 [online] Period Gallery []
            Lincoln, NE
          The Healing Power of Art [10th International Male Survivor Conference]
            Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, University of MN, St. Paul, MN
          20th Anniversary International Art Competition Manhattan Arts International
            Manhattan, NY
          Expressions of a Lifetime Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY
          Elementals Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN [2 person show]
2002  Northern National Art Competition Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI
          Sold on Art Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
2001  Involved Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN
          Works on paper Opening Night Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2000  Flesh College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN
          Configuration 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA [3 person show]
1999  14th Annual Membersí Exhibition The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
1993  82nd Annual Juried Exhibition Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN
1992  Up to Now Hamline University Gallery, St. Paul, MN
1991  Fresh Currency Artifex Alternative Arts Museum, Mpls, MN
          80th Annual Juried Exhibition Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN


2005  Mpls /St. Paul, MN, First Place, 5th Annual Twin Cities Religious Art Exhibition
2004  Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND - Mdse. Award, 11th Annual Natl.
            Watermedia Exhibition
2003  Manhattan Arts Intl., Manhattan, NY - Award of Excellence,
            Intl. Art Competition
2002  Nicolet College, Rhinelander, WI - Donorís Award,
            Northern National Art Competition
2000  Minnesota State Arts Board, St.Paul, MN - Career Opportunity Grant


St. Paul Technical College, St. Paul, MN certification- Communication Arts
Mpls College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN Continuing Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Painting


The Flood Issue No. 5, October 2011 [Creative arts & culture zine]