Paxos Island: An Inspiration for Contemporary Art

This summer 2022, seven cutting-edge contemporary artists have been invited by the in 2018 funded Paxos Biennale to interact with the wild and natural beauty of Paxos.

The free and public contemporary arts festival presents sculptures, installations, photography, murals and performances. It takes place on the island of Paxos, Greece, from 7 June until 31 October 2022.

The project aims to support the work of young and emerging artists by offering them a unique environment to express their ideas and creativity.

Furthermore, by promoting the island as a site for contemporary art to regular and new visitors, it is the Paxos Biennale team’s goal to increase people’s sensitivity towards the environment, preserve the islands heritage and stimulate the local community through art.

Paxos lies south of Corfu in the Ionic sea. The island has been able to protect itself from the strain of modern tourism, maintaining a unique landscape and spirit of hospitality.

About the Founder 

The founder (Italian born Marina Tomacelli Filomarino) of the Paxos Biennale has a long history on the island. Inspired by its diverse sites, she has decided to invite artists to express their creativity in this unique environment. “We wanted to identify contemporary artists, that have the ability to create thought provoking and site specific works in remote areas. Also, I believe sculptures get a much greater depth in nature than in galleries”.

As a result of her love of the island and the Ionian Sea she has also developed the aim to increase healthy tourism to the island long term. From the beginning she was supported by an incredibly passionate and motivated team of locals and summer residents.

The Festival

Paxos Biennale takes place on the island from  7 June to 31 October 2022.

It features works that have been created especially for the festival by the participating artists. All works will be site specific, with materials found on the island.

All art events and installations will be hosted in public places across the island and will be completely free of charge for visitors from Greece, Europe and the rest of the world. Visitors will be able to access the spots either by bike/car/motorbike or on foot. Some of the larger installations will also be visible from the sea. Please check the festival map for locations.

Visitors will be able to navigate the festival as well as heritage sites, natural reserves, restaurants, beaches and other places of interest.

Info Point

An information point at the Paxos Magic Holidays office in the centre of Gaios will provide detailed information about the artists and their work. Open 7/7, 10am-2pm and 8pm-10.30pm.

Sponsors and Supporters

Paxos Biennale is financially supported by 2 Premium Sponsors - The Thinking Traveller and Essentiel Antwerp, a technical Sponsor  Fougaros Tailored Travel and the commitment of private donors, that have a particular attachment to the beautiful island of Paxos, as well as the arts in general.