"I am and always will be the optimist, the hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams"

ARTIST STATEMENT

Detroit is the city that I call home, where I was born and grew up. As a child I would hear stories about how appalling Detroit was; that the once magnificent city lay in ruins. My creative vision is to document the growing city and show that Detroit is more than just a city of abandoned buildings and decay, and is truly a city of life and grandeur.  Detroit has shaped and inspired every aspect of my life, and I share that through my photographs. This is my home through my eyes. Through my lens I convey my endearment for my community and the wonders that I encounter along the way. The most important qualities of my photographs are their honesty and the emotional response they incite. My philosophy is that a photograph is more than just a picture, but is a moment caught in time; that the image itself is a living breathing entity. Through my photography I find the calm and beauty within a chaotic urban atmosphere, waiting patiently for hours in all types of weather to capture that one perfect moment; without patience, that moment can easily be missed. Seizing the moment when color, light and motion come together is my commitment to excellence in my craft.

With that identity, I was inspired to create my artist organization called The MATI Group. For the last two decades we have curated art exhibitions comprised of unknown and emerging artists from throughout the city in an effort to create a unified artistic community. Artists are the cornerstone of a growing city; through art I hope to continue to bring people back to Detroit; to show that Detroit is full of culture, an ideal place to spend time with family and friends; that Detroit should no longer be feared but embraced, and its growth welcomed.

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Awards

9/11/2019 - Woodward Camera August "Detroit" Contest Winner.

1/2018 - International Prize Leonardo Da Vinci recipient in Florence, Italy.

12/2017 - GM Ren Cen Photo Contest Winner

12/2017 - World Tourism Day 2017 Greek Photo Competition Winner.

4/2017 - Woodward Camera March "Wide Angle" Photo Contest Winner.

11/2016 - Woodward Camera October "Shadows & Fog"Photo Contest Winner.

10/2015 - Pure Michigan Moments Photo Contest Winner.

5/2015 - Bedrock Street Art Piano Installation Winner.

3/2012 - Detroit Free Press: Detroit Self Portrait Winner.


Achievements

10/2019 - Photography featured in Broadway World Magazine.

4/14/2019 - Official Photographer for the Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade 2019

4/2019 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show"Young Frankenstein: The Musical"

3/20-2019 - Photography and interview featured in the Grosse Pointe News.

3/10-23/2019 - GM Social Media Takeover.

2/1-3/2019 - Directed the short film; "American Prologue"

1/2019 - Photograph used by GM for the North American International Auto Show 19.

11/11/2018 - RAW Detroit Spotlight Featured Artist.

10/4/2018 - Photo published in the Downtown Monitor.

10/2/2018 - Photo published in Encore Michigan.

9/16/2018 - Featured guest on SupYolo.

9/2018 - Photo credit in the book "Starving Romantic" by Vincent James Perrone

8/17/2018 - Featured guest on SupYolo.

8/2018 - Photograph featured in the Belle Isle Conservatory quarterly Newsletter "The Voice"

7/2018 - Photo featured on a commercial for the "Antenna Television Network" based out of Athens Greece

5/5/2018 - Photo published in the May-June issue of Grosse Pointe Magazine.

5/4/2018 - Official photographer for critically acclaimed Greek singer Mixalis Xatzigiannis during his Detroit stop of his U.S. Tour.

4/12/2018 - Photo published in "The Monitor"

4/10/2018 - Photos featured in "Broadway World."

4/2018 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "The Complete History of America (Abridged)"

3/23/2018 - Photograph featured in Curbed Detroit.

3/20/2018 - Photograph on permanent display at the GM Ren Cen lobby.

2/2018 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "A Bright New Boise"

1/2018 - The MATI Group and Green Dot Stables Present the 2018 T-Shirt Contest.

12/30/2017 - Photo used for album cover for Deep Funktion - Winter In America.

12/19/2017 - Finalist for the Greeka.com 2017 photo contest.

12/11/2017 - Featured interview with photocredit in Detroit Mercy's News Paper "Forever Titans"

11/2017 - Finalist for the GM Ren Cen Photo Contest.

11/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "A Bright Room Called Day"

10/2017 - Photograph featured in the Belle Isle Conservatory quarterly Newsletter "The Voice"

10/1/2017 - On permanent display; Two story tall mural created for the Tangent Gallery in Detroit.

7/2017 - Photograph published in Athens Voice Magazine based out of Athens Greece.

6/25/2017 - Guest on the Echo Network program "You're all Set"

6/2017 - Photograph featured in "LoosenArt Magazine" based out of Rome, Italy.

3/13/2017 - Photograph featured by the Belle Isle Conservatory

3/2/2017 - Featured interview in Wayne State University News Paper "The South End"

3/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "Avenue Q"

3/2017 - Photos and video featured on "Antenna Television Network" based out of Athens Greece

2/2017 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "Bus Stop"

1/23/2017 - Photography featured on WDET 101.9FM

12/7/2016 - Return guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” PodcastDetroit

11/22/2016 - Photograph featured in Curbed Detroit

11/16/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Metro Times

11/3/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

11/2016 - Photo credit in the book "Contradictions in the Design" by Matthew Olzmann

11/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company for the show "100 Saints You Should Know"

9/23/2016 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

9/20/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Metro Times

9/19/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

9/19/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

9/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theater Company for the show "Alabama Story"

8/17/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

8/2016 - Finalist in the Detroit News 10th Annual Celebrate Michigan Photo Contest

8/2016 - Design was chosen for the Arts, Beats & Eats “Meters Made Beautiful” public art installation

6/2016 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

5/18/2016 - Return guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” PodcastDetroit

4/26/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit News

4/2016 – Artwork featured in Hour Detroit Magazine

4/2016 - Official Photographer for the Greek Independence Day Parade

4/2016 - Photos and video featured on "Antenna Television Network" based out of Athens Greece

3/9/2016 - Photograph published in the Detroit Free Press

3/2016 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company for the show "Low Hanging Fruit"

3/2016 – Photograph published and featured in the Official PureMichigan Travel Guide Spring/Summer 2016 issue

3/2016 - CBS Detroit “Seen in Detroit” Featured Artist

2/2016 – Photograph featured on WDIV Channel 4 and Click on Detroit website

12/2015 - Photography used for promotional material for The Detroit Mercy's Theatre Company for the show "It's a Wonderful Life"

11/2015 - Photograph featured on Santorini TV based out of Santorini Greece

11/2015 - Guest on the “Gooder Guys Show,” Podcast Detroit

10/2015 - Photograph featured in promotional materials by the Paris Tourism Board, Paris, France

8/2015 - CBS Detroit "Seen in Detroit" featured artist

1/2015 - Photos are permanently on display at the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

4/2014 - ANTI- Magazine cover photo

The MATI Group Exhibition

11/2019 - The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel 4 at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

3/22-23/2019 - The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Artist Ball III at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

3/2019 - The MATI Group: Group Exhibition at the Marlene Boll Gallery, Detroit MI

11/23/2018 - The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel 3 at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

9/30/2018 - The MATI Group Presents: Blindsided at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

4/2018 - The MATI Group: Group Exhibition at the Marlene Boll Gallery, Detroit Mi

3/24/2018 - The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Artist Ball II at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

11/25/2017 - The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel: An Art Battle - The Variety Show Edition at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

10/1/2017 - The MATI Group Presents: Tangent Joe Vs The Man at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

7/1/2017 – “The MATI Group Presents: At The Rectory 2: The Summer Art and Beer Garden at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

3/4/2017 – “The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Artist Ball” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

12/8/2016 – “The MATI Group Presents: Detroit Stands with Standing Rock” Fundraiser for the Water Protector Legal Collective at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/4/2016 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Summer Art and Beer Garden at the Rectory” at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

11/28/2015 – “The MATI Group Presents: Tipsy Tinsel” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

7/26/2015 – “The MATI Group presents: 7th Annual-ish Art Battle”at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/5/2015 – “The MATI Group Presents: At the Rectory: An Art Show”at the St. Albertus Historic Site, Detroit MI

8/10/2014 – “The Mati Group Presents: Art Battle Reborn” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

2010 – “The MATI Group Presents: Springs Eternal: Art Battle” at the Russell Industrial Center, Detroit MI

2009 – “The MATI Group Presents: May-Day, May-Day” at the Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens MI

2009 – “The MATI Group Presents: End of Days: An Art Battle” at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI

2008 – “The MATI Group Presents: The 2nd Pythian Games” at the Score Lounge, Detroit MI

2007 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Summer Show” at the Exodus,Detroit MI

2007 – “The MATI Group Presents: The Pythian Games” at the Cadieux Café, Detroit MI

2006 – “The MATI Group Presents: Festival of Dionysus II” at the Exodus, Detroit MI

2006 – “The MATI Group Presents: Festival of Dionysus I” at the Exodus, Detroit MI

1997 - The MATI Group Presents; An Art Show at the House of Coffee, SCS MI

Other Exhibitions

9/2020 - "Still Life by Evans Tasiopoulos" at the Marlene Boll Gallery, Detroit, MI

5/2020 - "Lockdown 2020" at the Scarab Club, Detroit MI

2/29/2020 - "Nothing Good Happens After Midnight" at the Grand on River, Detroit, MI

7/2019 - "Urban Movement by Evans Tasiopoulos." A one Month Residency at the Eli Tea Gallery Birmingham, MI

3/13 - 4/14 2019 - "Detroit: celebrating the city from all angles" at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI - Juried by Bruce Griffin.

11/18/2018 - 12/2/2018 - "Test Series" Exhibition at the Detroit Artist Test Lab, Detroit MI

4/2018 "Smoke City" Exhibition. Rome, Italy.

1/12/2018 - "The Comeback Kid: Scenes from the Motor City" at the Tangent Gallery.

8/25/2017 - "Nina & the Buffalo Riders EP Release Party and Art Show" at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

6/21-31/2017 - "Street Experience Exhibition" by LoosenArt Magazine at the Millepiani Exhibition Space. Rome, Italy - Juried by LoosenArt

6/10/2017 - "Burned Rubber - A/Pop Runway Show" at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

5/24-7/8/2017 - "Club Blooms, Bugs, Beast Exhibition" at the Scarab Club, Detroit MI - Juried by Matthew Hanna

4/28/2017 - "Rooting for the Children" Fundraiser for Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/25/2017 - "Fly Away VII" A fundraiser for the The Bird Center of Washtenaw County at the Matthaei's Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI

4/1/2017 – “When Visions Collide 4” at the Tangent Gallery Detroit, MI

12/21/2016 – “Postcards From Home Project” Art community project supported by “START – Create Cultural Change,” a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki and the German Association of Sociocultural Centers, Berlin,Germany

12/15/2016 - 2/10/2017 “Contemporary Venice2016: It’s LIQUID International Art Show” at the Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy - Juried by Luca Curci

10/6/2016 – “Sex and the Pitties” Fundraiser for Bark Nation at the Detroit City Distillery, Detroit MI

10/1/2016 – “Detroit Biennale” at the Museum of New Art (MONA) Troy, MI - Juried by NYC Art Critic Jerry Saltz

8/2016 - Photo on display at the Grand Hotel,Mackinac Island MI

7/2016 - Featured Artist at the Posterity Gallery, Grosse Pointe MI

7/2016 - Photography on display at the Catfe Lounge in Ferndale to help raise money for the Ferndale Cat Shelter, Ferndale MI

5/1/2016 - Photo on display at the White Rhino Bar, Redford MI

4/22/2016 – “Rooting for the Children” Fundraiser for Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/2/2016 - Photo on permanent display at the Hellenic Museum of Michigan, Detroit MI

4/1/2016 – “Out For Art” at the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit MI - Juried by Derek Gauci

3/2016 - 6/2016 - Photography on display at Socra Tea, Detroit MI

8/30/2015 – “Detroit Artist Bazaar” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

4/11/2015 – “When Visions Collide 2” at the Tangent Gallery, Detroit MI

2/2014 – “The Dirty Show 15” at the Russell Industrial Center, Detroit MI - Juried by Jerry Vile

2011 – “Forestival Detroit Art Show” at the Imagination Station, Detroit MI

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