Konstantinos Yannakis was born in Ioannina, Greece in 1987.
He studied Psychology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, while he took courses in freehand drawing and color at Demetrios Boukonis’s painting school in Thessaloniki, where he participated in two group exhibitions of the students’ artwork.
At the same time he began studying byzantine painting and after finishing his university studies he started painting icons for a living (from October 2009 until today).
Through daily study of old portable icons, wall paintings and manuscripts and interaction with well acclaimed iconography artists and teachers, he tries to create iconographic work that combines the technical excellence and unparalleled expressiveness of the old painters with contemporary iconography tendencies, both in the use of color and in theme selection.
His technique of choice is egg tempera combined with tetrachrome (four color painting). Both techniques are quite ancient but using them can as well lead to an original and fresh result.
He participated in two exhibitions of the Visual Artists Association of Northern Greece in 2011 and 2012, where he received the third and first prize respectively among artists from all over Greece.
His work (portable icons and murals) can be seen at:
The Church of St. Paul Ioannina
The Monastery of Dourachani
the Church of the Holy Apostles in Metsovo
the Holy Archangels Church in Agia Marina, Ioannina
the Holy Baptist Church in Krya, Ioannina
and in private collections and churches in various parts of Greece.