Athanasios (Thanasi) Papapostolou is a sculptor who divides his time between the Washington DC metro area and Madison WI. He received an M.F.A. from the Graduate School of Figurative Art of the New York Academy of Art, a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a 4 Year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.
Thanasi is a contemporary figurative sculptor whose work synthesizes classical forms with the conceptual experiential movement of the present through the placement of figurative and architectural pieces in dialogue with one another. His sculptural installations challenge perceptions of figurative art by removing the human figure from the viewer’s day-to-day experience and re-positioning it within a controlled context. His major exhibitions are characterized by the use of the human figure to explore notions of idealism (of form, structure, and human emotion).
In addition to life-size statues and contemporary installations, his work includes table-top pieces, reliefs, and portrait busts. His keen observation of the human form and complete command of the technical skills of sculpture allow his work to possess a unique grace and sensitivity. He is also a master draughtsman who focuses, in particular, on figurative and architectural studies.
His work can be found in various private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Greece as well as art institutions such as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has received grants from the New York Academy of Art as well as the prestigious Cresson Grand Tour Grant for study in Europe and has held an Honorary Fellowship in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society and in 2018-2019 is based at the Atelier Gemeinschaft Hawerkamp 31 e.V., Münster, Germany.