About Jannis Kounellis
Jannis Kounellis was born in 1936 in Piraeus (Greece) and he passed away in 2017 in Rome (Italy).
Jannis Kounellis was born in Greece, but has been living in Italy for most of his life. He started out as a painter in the fifties and in the of the sixties he became part of the group of Italian artists named ”Arte Povera” by the art critic and curator Germano Celant. By using humble and primitive materials such as coal, iron, rocks, sacks and basic victuals, the Arte Povera artists created a form of anti-commercial and anti-formal art with strong art critical and social critical undertones. Iron, coal and sacks are still among Kounellis’ favorite materials and even though he turned away from the painting many years ago, he still likes to work with the surface as a starting point, weather it concerns paper, walls, floors or huge plates covered with iron. His works can be seen in many international art collections. In Denmark he is represented at Louisiana, Humlebæk and Herning Kunstmuseum.
Jannis Kounellis is represented by Galleri Bo Bjerggaard.