Personal website: http://francescokiais.com/
Francesco Kiais graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 1990, drafting his thesis on “Arte Povera”, with advisers Mario Merz and Jannis Kounellis. Kiais moved to Berlin in 1994, where he started a nomadic project of interdisciplinary cultural exchange: the “Π-Project“ (from the title of the latest novel of Pasolini Petrolio) which led him to several collaborations with people from different backgrounds, to produce an aesthetic synthesis expanding his origins of visual artist. Between Venice and Athens, the work of Francesco Kiais ranges now from installation to video, to performance art. He collaborated as an artist, writer in the catalog, curator, co-curator, producer, cultural advisor at various artistic and cultural projects, exhibitions, at institutions and galleries. In recent years, he extended his work research to the pedagogical and didactic potential of the artistic/performative practice, working also with children and adolescents. He focused now his activity on the artistic practice and promotion of Performance Art, as well on the analysis of the many different forms of actuation of a Performance. Kiais collaborates as a teacher and theoretician at several educational programs. He is an Associate Curator at Venice International Performance Art Week as well as the creator and co-founder of the [mind the] G.A.P. - Gathering Around Performance, an Athens based international art platform.