Aimilios Metaxas, born in Athens, Greece in 1999, started studying art academically during his high school years where he was mentored by a visual development artist from the Pixar and Walt Disney studios. He would later on win a scholarship to study at NABA:Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan where he studied from 2017 and graduating in 2020, earning a Bachelor's degree in Painting and Visual Arts. Between 2020-2022, during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, Aimilios began to research other artistic fields which could be used to develop and inform his practice, in particular jewellery and fashion, where he was able to showcase his research and works in two solo and one group show in Athens once the lockdown restrictions were lifted. In 2023, Aimilios completed a MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London.
In my practice I investigate how monetary value is created and distributed, what is real and what is made up, how images and materials are filled with symbolism bestowed to them, turning them into tools used to acquire power. Through my works I aim to break free from all the earthly chains people place on imagination and provide people with a safe space for their imagination to run wild. In my paintings, I explore my identity - not only as part of the lgbt+ community - but also as a foreigner living abroad wishing to explore deeper his ancestral culture and depict the impact different cultures had on me growing up in the age of social media.