Gjergj was born in Albania where he trained as an artist and lived in Alessio for 24 years, after which he moved to Kozani in Greece. The influence of Balkan roots can be found in the features of his brushstrokes and in the choice of some subjects of traditional Greek-Albanian nature.
His inspirations lie in the portraits of Fayum, the Egyptian oasis in which were found 600 Greek-Roman portraits placed above the mummies. The portraits were carried out between the second and fourth centuries AD thus represent an intersection between the Egyptian techniques and Greek-Roman painting style. The peculiarity of the portraits is their ‘loyalty’ to the person represented even in his less attractive traits.
But the portraits of Gjergj Kola are also characterized by a joy and an expressionist use of color, with features that recall the style of the French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy, Cezanne, Matisse and Chagall. Gjergj Kola has managed to give a personal interpretation of the way of portraying people and today the sittings have become a pleasant experience for all those who like to live in the art.
His portraits have been exhibited worldwide and he is one of the artists recognized by the Albanian State, although his artistic life has taken place mainly in Greece where his works are in galleries and museums. In 2009 he collaborated with the Ptolomaidha museum and was awarded honors in Athens.
Today he lives in Italy with his wife and two children but his heart is always attracted to the beautiful nostalgia of his Greek-Albanian roots.
To sit for a portrait or to see Kola’s interpretation of someone you care for is an experience that leaves a special feeling.
Gjergj Kola was born in Albania and has spent his adult life between Greece and Italy. He began to paint 4 years before learning to write and he communicates with the world through his painting preferring portraits.
Fascinated by history and expressiveness of the ancient portraits of Fayum, he then developed his own style in portraiture that makes it unique, straddling centuries and continents. His paintings reflect the positive: a rare joy and a continuous search for a balance between beauty and harmony.
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The city of Fano, in Marche, is characterized by massive walls built before Emperor Augustus, then expanded in 1357 by the Malatesta of Rimini and finally fortified in 1550 by Pope Julius III to defend against pirates.
Fano was probably born as a distribution of land to veterans after the battle of Metauro valley between Rome and elephants of Carthaginian Hannibal.
The architectural beauty of the Rock and the Palace of the Court of the Malatesta family is still used for performances, concerts and ballets. Around 1500 Duchy of Urbino entered bringing the Papal States that transformed the architecture giving it extra charm.