Berlin art stories: Yorgos Stamkopoulos

Yorgos Stamkopoulos. Photo by Christian Werner. Yorgos Stamkopoulos. Photo by Christian Werner.

Sleek-Art asked some of our favourite Berlin-based artists to tell us what they think about the city they inhabit, and how they experience the creative landscape in a location that has formed the background for so much European history. All of the artists featured have works that are available to purchase on Sleek-Art. First up: Yorgos Stamkopoulos

Why did you choose to make art in Berlin?

When I came to Berlin as an exchange student, I felt there was a very productive and relaxed atmosphere here where I could focus on my work.

What does Berlin mean to you as a creative community?

I believe that the city is a melting pot for anything creative and experimental.

What is your favourite art space in Berlin?

Tough call... I don't think that I have one "favourite" art space...

How is Berlin developing, in your opinion, into an international hub for art?

I don't believe that Berlin is "developing" any more. I believe that it is established as an art hub globally.

Do you think you can sometimes feel the reminiscence of Berlin's past before the fall?

Rarely... Berlin is changing so fast that sometimes it is hard to grasp what happened in this city decades ago.

What would you like to change / stay the same in Berlin for you as an artist?

If there is something that could be changed, it would be the increasing rent. It's going crazy...in the end there will be no affordable space for artists to work and eventually artists will move somewhere else.

How do you find it different working in Greece to Berlin?

I can't compare since I never really had a studio in Greece. I came to Germany as an exchange student and stayed ever since.

Find out more about Yorgos Stamkopoulos and view his available work on Sleek-Art

Read what other Berlin artists had to say about Berlin, 25 years after the Wall: Louise GibsonTomasz Kobialka and Nam Chau

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