“Patterns and Symbols in Search of Identity” is an in-progress visual research journal by Illustrator Marios Constantinides.
While working as a freelance illustrator of antiquities, Marios has been recording patterns and symbols he encounters in archives, museums and Cypriot archaeological sites.
Depicting this selected patterns and symbols that date from Cyprus’s Geometric leading up to the Roman Period and made proliﬁc by their repetition and adaptation through the ages by the diﬀerent cultures and inhabitants of the island. Positioning them in sequence and in contrast with each other, he aims to map potential evolutions and migrations of notions and narratives within ancient Cypriot found artwork while at the same time projecting an otherwise ignored side of Cyprus’s identity.
This exhibition is but the ﬁrst step in documenting his personal journey through this newly found language.
About Marios Constantinides
For the past 10 years Marios has been working as a Freelance Illustrator and Visual Artist. Fascinated by sequential imagery and the human capacity for assumptions, he conceives, creates and transforms images, shapes and spaces.
His ﬁeld of work spans through multiple expressions of Visual Communication. Some of them are Illustration of Antiquities, Editorial Illustration, Branding, Book arts, Stage Design for Performances and Printmaking. Marios has participated in various interdisciplinary art projects in Cyprus and abroad.
He has participated in both solo and group exhibitions, he has acted as Visual Communications director for The Afro Banana Republic Festival and ﬁnally he is one of the founders and a present member of the board of C.A.G.D.I “Cyprus Association of Graphic Designers & Illustrators” established in 2016.
He was trained in Visual Arts (printing and book arts) (MA) at the University of Arts London and in Illustration (BA) at the University of Westminster. He is currently living in Pyrga, Cyprus.
You can see more about his work here.