"There are only two great painters who have also been great photographers--Man Ray and Dimitris Yeros, two artists who actually have much in common. Yeros, just as Man Ray did, approaches his twin arts from radically different positions so that his paintings look nothing like his photographs. Both artists developed an aesthetic of photography distinct and separate from their aesthetic of painting. In photography Yeros is an acknowledged master of the nude, as was Man Ray, and his photographs, like Man Ray's, are primarily driven by beauty. They immediately appeal to the senses and to the emotions. Yet his paintings, again like Man Ray's, are surreal and reach far beyond reality, beyond the world of senses and the flesh. Though their appeal is as immediate as the appeal of his photographs, it is an appeal to the intellect as it tries to understand and make sense of what he is showing us. And finally the paintings do make very good sense and become quite clear. But initially Yeros's paintings also turn sensual in their appeal because the mind does not worry with making ‘sense’ of them and realizes that much of their ‘sense’ lies buried in their rich sensuality --in their juxtapositions of startling imagery and manipulations of color as shimmering and delicate as Mark Rothko's."
" ...Dimitris Yeros has long been famous for his images of beautiful Greek men, often presented with a surrealistic twist, but here shown in their most overtly classical guise. Photography, and most especially photographs of the male nude, has always modeled itself on templates found in more traditional art forms. Yeros is the direct heir in this respect of the 19th century photographers Guglielmo Marconi and Wilhelm von Cloeden, and also of 20th century photographers of the male nude such as George Platt Lynes and Bruce of Los Angeles."
Excerpt from the exhibition catalog "Gods Becoming Men"
"Dimitris Yeros is also a poet of Mediterranean bodies : Egyptians and Greeks of an enigmatic beauty, proud of their age old nudity.
Member of the French Academy.
"Dimitris Yeros stands as a unique figure in contemporary art. Painter, photographer, poet and performance artist, Yeros bridges these worlds with exceptional originality. He is, however, best known as a painter and photographer, creating lyrical and surreal paintings and provocative and richly textured photographs. Although he approaches these two media from different vantage points, one can detect a painterly eye in his photographs and a photographer's sensibility in his paintings. The results are beautifully crafted and arresting images that beckon the viewer to pause and contemplate the human condition."
Lauren E. Talalay
Acting Director and Associate Curator, Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan