Petridis studied Business Administration at the University of Pireaus (1977-1982) and fine art at the Academie Minerva (1984-1988) in Groningen of the Netherlands. Using acrylic, oils and sprays, Petridis created his own surreal world, both soft and flexible with valleys inhabited by circulating pear-shaped biomorphic creatures, the result like a window into a happy child’s imagination. People are absent, represented instead by objects that symbolize their presence (trains, cars, planes, mushroom houses, dinosaurs, bees, clouds, small houses, telephones, alarm clocks), the objects becoming substantial in a constantly changing universe. This microcosm, reminiscent of outer space, is scattered with colourful dots like pieces of confetti. A colourful feast for the eyes, Petridis’s fantastical imagery is characterized for its brightness, quiet optimism and childlike, innocent perspective.
Christos Petrides, Untitled, 2001, Oil and acrylic spray on canvas, 130 x 162 cm