This is not the first time I have created something for Giannis. Some years ago when I have been asked to represent Greece in an international fashion art exhibition in Brussels, I decided to chose Giannis as my subject and I painted an haute coutoure dress with his portrait. Some months ago while I was experimenting with one of my favorite subjects which is maps I came up with a mosaic portrait of Giannis based on the actual map of our neighborhood. I have decided to use photos and images from that part of the Athens, especially of its walls and street art. My portrait was just a tribute to a person I admire and I have just published it on my social media. It became an instant viral theme especially after Giannis reposted it on his instagram and other accounts. The media buzz that this post created was followed by a proposal from Nike EMEA to use my work as part of their interior design of the special area dedicated to Giannis at their flagship Athens store and other locations. Obviously I was very happy to collaborate with them.
You can see my mosaic portrait, some details and a making of. You can also find bellow some photos from the central Athens Nike store in Syntagma Square.
Thanks Giannis! May you always be #AKidFromSepolia.
See some photos from the area dedicated to Giannis Antetokounmpo at the Nike Shop in the center of Athens (Syntagma square).