Greek visual designer Charis Tsévis is well known for its complex digital mosaics. Usually in the form of portraits, his mosaic works feature a wide range of subjects ranging from popular television characters and musicians to US presidents and international athletes. Tsevis finds inspiration for his pieces in almost everything, taking striking elements from a wide range of visual images and combining them into thematic portraits. One of his last series, entitled African Bricks, was inspired by his visits to the African continent and his study of its many cultures.
He has just presented the second part of this magnificent collection of works of art. These new pieces arrive several years after the premiere African Bricks mosaics he created in 2016. They follow the concept of the African matchbox house, which struck Tsevis during his stay in several African townships. Like the bricks and various materials used to build the walls of these houses, he builds his rooms using various patterns, textures, fabrics, papers, embroidery and any other material he can find for “[reflect] the passion and beauty of Africa.
“Africa was love at first sight,” Tsevis told My Modern Met. “I learned so much about its cultures, but above all I felt that there was something so important about this country. The great outdoors, nature, animals, people, history, dramas and victories… And then there were the houses in the townships and informal settlements of Soweto. People used bricks and whatever kind of material they could find to build a house, a nest, a shelter. I saw so much courage and so much creativity in all of these houses. For me, these are the celebration of life. An incredible puzzle, an amazing mosaic of symbols, messages and feelings. It was obvious to use this idea for my personal art.
Among the portrait subjects in Tsevis’ latest opus of African Bricks are award-winning writer and poet Amanda Gorman and Jamaican-American reggae artist Keznamdi. Gorman’s portrait is titled And still I rise, based on a famous poem by Maya Angelou, and the powerful piece expertly captures her startling gaze and quiet confidence. Star power aside, the entire series is visually stunning with its use of vivid colors and intricate patchwork of patterns. Each individual component is combined to form a composite and unified whole.
Greek artist Charis Tsevis has created a series of stunning digital mosaic portraits titled African Bricks, which is inspired by African matchbox houses.