Couture jewelry designer Costis believes that his inspiration comes from culture. He finds himself inspired by various subjects such as art history, architecture, nature, the sea, islands, mountains, the Mediterranean landscape where he make his drawings in both Italy and Greece, and of course traveling. Every single piece of jewelry he creates bears a part of his travels, of his knowledge and of himself. Costis’ love of the sea translates directly into many of his jewelry designs from the simple Snail Shell to the complex Sea Life net necklace, inspired by hours snorkeling, playing with the fish, sea creatures and shells on the bottom of the sea. His love for the sea creates his inner balance and peace, and he is inspired constantly when he is near the sea.
Yet it is not only his jewelry designs that benefit from Costis’ inspiration. This Modern-Day Renaissance man is also an avid and talented painter. His painting entitled “Ballerina” is inspired by his appreciation of the ballerina’s well balanced and carefully designed movements, which translate into a beautiful visual spectacle. This painting was completed in May of 2005 and in September 2005 he created his most successful lucky charm: the 2006 ballerina. The year “2006” is artistically depicted in the shape of her body.
Another impressive painting entitled “Apple” is symbolic of Costis’ fascination with the juxtaposition between still life and human intervention. The apple is bitten and this implies human presence. Moreover, the painting gives the impression that it is semi-finished, implying that someone is there, either to finish the painting or to eat the apple.
To complete his Renaissance Man image, when Costis isn’t painting, drawing, designing jewelry, experiencing nature or traveling, he is a celebrated cook among his friends and family. As would be expected, he does not follow recipes but rather, he allows his taste buds to do the cooking! His passion is cooking pasta, which leads us to one more question….when are we invited over for dinner?!