He will be speaking on Monday 11/16/2009 at 106 WELLMAN from 7:10 pm to 9:00 pm
and on Thursday 11/19/2009 at 6 WELLMAN from 8:10 pm to 10:00 pm
in Davis California on campus.
Stathis Trahanatzis is cited in the Encyclopedia Britannica (15th Edition) as a leader in the revival of Byzantine Art. He is internationally recognized in his field and collectors hold his work worldwide, including the Vatican.
Hailed as "Modern-Day Michelangelo" by Los Angeles Times (December 1, 1991), Trahanatzis has also been likened to great painters as Theophanes of Novgorod and Theotokopoulos, also known as El Greco, by the notable Byzantine historian, John Barker. The unique style, talent and dedication of Stathis Trahanatzis have established him as one of the greatest Byzantine artists the twentieth century has to offer. Great works, yet humble words come from Stathis, "My creative work is directed by a higher power; by a power that is above my logic, above my knowledge. You can name it whatever you wish."
Ordained to be a painter from the age of 3, with his first watercolor, paint started flowing through Stathis' veins dominating his mind and heart to this day. Despite serious opposition from his parents during his youth, upon graduating from Lyceum Leonin of the Marist Brothers High School in Athens, Greece in 1956, Stathis left for Paris, France to study art at the Academy Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts on a two-year scholarship from the Academy. While there, from 1956 to 1959, he also studied Byzantine Manuscripts at the National Library of Paris, France.
In 1968 he was invited to the United States to teach Byzantine Art at Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois; now called Dominican University. He also taught Byzantine Manuscripts at the University of Chicago. Instead of returning to Europe for positions and opportunities offered to him, Trahanatzis declined, replying that he had a mission to fulfill in the United States of bringing to light the tradition and grandeur of this art that uplifts the soul. Stathis Trahanatzis has devoted his life to this mission for the benefit of all people everywhere. The magnificence of his art transcends one to another time and place.
The masterful works of Stathis Trahanatzis, from his miniatures to his murals, are a wise investment that will become an heirloom to be treasured and enjoyed, now and for generations to come.
I'm Hyu, an exchange student from Korea. I attended Mr. Trahanatzis's speech last month and was deeply impressed by his and your attitudes toward life. I've also been reading "Do what you love the money will follow". Several days ago, I was reading that book at night and experienced a realization of what I love. It was like a panorama from my childhood.
I felt those joy and happiness again. I have been looking for something to devote my life, but I felt that I've already known the answer but merely ignored or suppressed it! It feels like I became who I am as a whole and very much comfortable. I'm very thankful for you and Mr. Trahanatzis.
I still remember that Thursday night vividly. If you can forward it to Mr. Trahanatzis, it will be wonderful. I want him to know that his visiting at UCD was worthwhile.
Will you have a freshmen seminar for this winter quarter? Attending your class will give me a great encouragement.
Thank you so much again,