Visual artist – painter
Christos Efstathiou was born in Athens in 1973 and grew up in Andros, his mother’s place of origin, where they stayed until his first childhood years. Restless, he sought something to render his imagination into. Art attracted him from the first moment he perceived the world. In primary school his games were creative: he took small parts of wood – from the wood shop of his grandfather at Chora and small stones and made little houses and entire villages with squares and stairs!
At school he did not fare well, as his imagination did not let him concentrate on the mundane educational system. As characteristically was said also by his fellow students he lived in his own world.
At 11 years of age his family moved to Athens owing to the job of his father. There he continued primary school, completed the lower secondary school and the upper secondary school in the branch of applied arts and he acquired significant knowledge. He had the opportunity to experiment with more materials combining them in his compositions.
He studied graphic design at Omega School and attended courses of architectural and free drawing at Plaka School. In turn, he made a preparation for the entry examinations of the Athens School of Fine Arts. Unfortunately, the personal work and effort of 8 consecutive years did not seem to be adequate to secure him the entry ticket for the school. Disappointed, he swore that with persistence and personal work he would manage to reach and exceed the high standards set by the Athens school of Fine Arts deciding to use unexceptionally exclusively meritocratic means.