Fifty-two self portraits by Efthimios Maniatis, lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning, are on exhibit through the end of April in the UNM Fine Arts and Design Library.
Maniatis says, “the series is an attempt to explore what it is to be a painter and an illustration of feelings desires and experiences through self-portraiture. I gave myself a year to complete it in 1993. All images are self-portrait, thoughts, feelings, experiences by self or others, male-female, landscapes, places, dreams, colors, shapes…. The central theme is that of Ulises travels. Every experience becomes another island and another island until Ulises returns home, without his crew, sailing alone on a boat with one single oar -"koupi".
Maniatis has been teaching for the School or Architecture and Planning for 15 years. He primarily teaches introduction to architecture courses both in the classroom and online. Before moving to New Mexico he completed undergraduate and graduate work at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He spent 20 years in New York working in architecture with his own office in Soho for seven years. He lived and worked on Santa Fe for 14 years before moving to Albuquerque. During that time he worked on projects at 10,000 Waves Spa, Bishop’s Lodge and La Posada de Santa Fe. He still maintains his own architecture business in addition to teaching.
Maniatis says, “The Fine Arts and Design Library is one of the most important spaces in my life. In addition to the beautiful space, I find so many wonderful things to read and study and all the people who work here have been so kind and supportive. It really inspires me.”
Library staff member and exhibit curator Jonathan Hartshorn says, “I was immediately intrigued with Efthimios's own description of the work before I saw it. Describing the process of making as a extreme exploration and awareness of self. Done in 1993 and shown as a group for the first time in 2019, the 52 works in the show act to inform the viewer of Efthimios's past self while including the viewer into the evocation of oneself into the present and potentially in the future.”
The exhibition can be viewed during regular library hours.