Balkan Art Scene
Alexis Christodoulou’s Imagined Architecture
Alexis Christodoulou a self-taught 3D artist living in Cape Town, South Africa has spent the last 6 years building a collection of works focusing on imaginary architecture. While working professionally as a copywriter for the last decade, Alexis taught himself 3D rendering as a hobby.
From a lifelong fascination of digital worlds and 3D graphics while playing video games a boy, Alexis became frustrated with the lack of modern aesthetics represented therein. The images he creates are a simple extension of this desire to see fantastic spaces come to life that echo a more modern and clean aesthetic. It’s a simple process usually beginning with a sketch of a space extending out in front, either inspired by a building in Cape Town or taking some inspiration from modern architecture. It could be the muted tones of an Aldo Rossi drawing, concrete colliding with plaster from a David Chipperfield interior or a grid from a Superstudio drawing stretching on into infinity. Inspiration comes from many sources but Alexis always tries to create a space that will interest the viewer in form and material but most importantly in the use of light. For now, the scenes are devoid of human life, preferring the viewer to imagine how they would exist in the space, sometimes leaving a small clue as to a past presence but never leading you down any specific narrative.