The hagiographer Dimitrios Alevizopoulos and his Hagiographic work.
Mr. Dimitrios Alevizopoulos, an artist with an explosive temperament and at the same time oriented.
In the essence of Orthodox hagiography, the function of the hagiographer is to create iconographic compositions, both in portable icons and in frescoes, temples and monasteries of the Orthodox East.
Even more careful study of his hagiographic work in temples in the greater Attica region and in portable icons confirms that, this refers to the historical, hagiological and liturgical cycle of our Orthodox Church and is distinguished for its design, artistic zeal, the sensation of color, the pleasing of the garments and especially the expression of the fine, elements which certainly attest the transcendent nature of Byzantine hagiography.
In many of his works I studied, Mr. Alevizopoulos succeeded to combine and harmonize classical antiquity with Christianity and Orthodoxy.
And in classical antiquity this hagiographer owes the pursuit of beauty, the perfection of forms, the harmony and representation of nature and the Orthodox believer ideally, Christianity and especially Orthodoxy owe the disappearance of volume and space, the tendency for abstract meaning and the representation of both the spiritual world and the great and eternal truths of our Orthodoxy.
He successfully describes the indescribable God and tries to deify the descriptive human to the extent possible.
At the same time he narrates the Old and New Testaments with its deepest symbolic representations and dogmatic truths, subjecting the material to the spiritual world and turning the cosmic into divine reality. And this is largely achieved thus guiding our thinking that it will soon be completed by giving the dynamic presence of Byzantine art to our troubled times.
But where Mr. Alevizopoulos is at the forefront, it is the design flexibility of the sacred forms of Orthodoxy and the dynamic combination depicting sacred faces with rich floral and floral decoration. Flowering, fruiting and leafy twigs, birds, propellers, jewelry, flowers, leaves, and the like are repeated repeatedly in such a way that the sacred figures depicted therein constitute the eternal examples and directions of the congregation.
This brings about the experience of the great truths of Orthodox hagiography and the transition of believers from the present material and finite world.
in the celestial and eternal.
In other cases the hagiographer Dimitrios Alevizopoulos portrays nature in a supernatural way.
The mountains and hills are shaped, the plants and animals are depicted geometrically, while the design and execution, as well as the golden depth, show his effort to remove the show, one-person or multifaceted, from the earthly everyday world and to assure viewers that the sacred faces depicted are in a heavenw world, but they do not cease to hear their prayers and hurry in every request and every invitation of the Orthodox faithful Christians that is done with humility, true faith and heartbreak.
And yet the sacred faces as portrayed by an eschatological charm under which they are understood, allow viewers to experience the truths of Orthodoxy and to move on to other spiritual realms of God’s Kingdom.
That is to say the particulars of the saints (such as the high forehead, the eyes, the nose, the lips, the facial posture, etc.), express the peace, tranquility, and bliss where they belong. The large almond buds, is a general rule in his works that, along with the vertical and thin nose and thin lips, the three bright triangles on the forehead and the sides, in subtle or intense groans, they speak more eloquently about the ideology and deeper meaning of each individual representation.
All together they express the heavenly bliss of the white-haired andragathians of the true God.
In this way, the hagiographer Dimitrios Alevizopoulos transforms the reflections, concerns and reflections of our time and exudes the profound sense of protest for a true traditional hagiographic art very powerful in inspiration and endless in creativity and zoogony.
After a careful study of the whole work of Mr. Alevizopoulos we find that he is endowed with a strong narrative, psychic courtesy, great expressive power, true artistic inspiration, mystical depth, plasticity and strong thematic imagination.
His creations, based on the tradition of the Orthodox East, move dynamically between fantasy and reality.
At the same time, his works are a source of inspiration for those who are looking for Byzantine art fertile elements for new creations.
Undoubtedly all of the above attest to an experienced creator with strong artistic vigor and the ability to express the beautiful and sometimes the high, a fact that attests to the transcendent nature of traditional hagiographic art.
Along with ever-renewing expressive ways it cultivates the senses and enhances the spirit of the Orthodox believers
Theoharis Mich. Provatakis
Director of the Ministry of Culture
Lord Kastrinios of Agia Christ the Great Church
Athens February 25 1997