The many faces of a top-ranking
artistic career of Arkás is an excellent argument for those
who believe that what is important in art is the work itself and
not the promotion of the artist as a person.
His refusal to give newspaper interviews, to appear on television
or to take part in anything that could be called publicity marketing
has led to the creation of a myth around his name. Twenty years
have gone by since the publication of his first comic-strips - the
legendary Rooster - by the Greek comics magazine Babel, and his
identity is still a mystery. His appearance was a minor revolution
in the Greek domestic landscape, since he was immediately and universally
received with great enthusiasm. His characteristic style of speech
and image was so mature and well-designed right from his first publication
that the general public had the impression that this was not a new
young artist but an acclaimed master who was publishing under a
pseudonym! Thanks to his unique humor with its heretical, sarcastic
perceptiveness, his career has constantly been expanding through
all these years. His comic books have been selling in impressively
high numbers and are continuously being republished, very quickly
breaking through the Greek borders with great resonance throughout
The secret of his success lies in his thoroughly international humor.
His characters speak German and Norwegian just as well
as Greek, since the dialogues and the situations described have
the timeless universal spirit of all comics which over the years
have become classics.
Nowadays, after having successfully created a whole galaxy of never
repetitive, always new thematic series, this mysterious
author is a master of sarcasm and of the unexpected. And, most importantly,
his name stands for the rich work of an artist who, unimpaired by
the damage publicity and vanity can cause, remains so fresh and
young that the Arkás phenomenon is able to express
the mood of todays ever-restless youth as much as it did of
those who became his first keen admirers one or two decades ago.