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… Whoever renders directly and authentically that which impels him to create is one of us.

Excerpt of the Manifesto of the German expressionist group ‘Die Brucke’

startpainting is a group studying creativity in painting and sculpture through free expression. The group was founded in 2009 in the scope of an art educational programme at the museum of Cycladic Art in Athens.

Since 2016 it functions outside of the context of the museum, having evolved to an alternative platform for studying art through art making. The group provides a supportive context to the creative efforts of its participating artists.

startpainting was initiated by artist Kostas Ioannidis who is facilitating its weekly gatherings.