We were able to visit Gjopalaj's studio in Fira, where we were greeted by the artist himself. Gjopalaj was warm and welcoming, and he was happy to share his passion for sculpture with us. He showed us some of his recent works, which ranged from small-scale pieces to large outdoor sculptures.
One of the things that struck us about Gjopalaj's work was the variety of materials that he used. He worked with stone, metal, wood, and even recycled materials, transforming them into beautiful and unique works of art. Each piece had its own character and personality, and we were impressed by the skill and craftsmanship that went into creating them.
Gjopalaj also took the time to explain his creative process to us. He talked about how he draws inspiration from the natural world around him, as well as from his own experiences and emotions. He showed us sketches and models of some of his works, and it was fascinating to see how an idea could be transformed into a stunning piece of sculpture.
One of the highlights of our visit was the opportunity to see some of Gjopalaj's large-scale outdoor sculptures. These pieces were truly breathtaking, and we were struck by the way they seemed to blend into the natural landscape around them. One of our favorite pieces was a large metal sculpture that resembled a wave, which seemed to capture the essence of the ocean and the island itself.
Overall, we were truly impressed by Eduart Gjopalaj's work as a sculptor. His pieces were beautiful and unique, and we could feel the passion and creativity that went into creating each one. We highly recommend a visit to his studio in Fira to anyone visiting Santorini Island, especially if you're looking for a unique and unforgettable art experience.
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Eduart is a self-taught sculptor born in Lezha in 1978, a small town in North-West Albania by the Adriatic Sea. In the early 90s he moved to Santorini and commenced his journey in the field of wood carving, firstly as an assistant in a carpenter’s workshop and eventually opening his own workshop. The mystical and unique characteristics of wood, a natural and live material, are what amaze Eduart from the very start. Many times the grain patterns of the wood itself are what guide and inspire him to bring his creative ideas to life.
Eduart’s art work is influenced by different styles, modern, abstract, classic and even religious themes.
You will always find him sculpting passionately and creating new pieces at his studio – gallery by the seaside promenade in Kamari.