I was born in Athens, on the 7th of January, 1953. They named me Loukas. I started to draw at a very young age, and loved it. When I was 14 years old, I was painting the universe with stars and planets on a wooden table in our garden. I liked it so much, I cut off the legs of the table with a saw and hung it in the garden.
When my mom saw what I did, she got angry and chased me with a broom. One day, I secretly took a wooden shelf from a closet in our house. I used it as a canvas to paint an abstract piece on it and sold it for 2,000 drachmas. That shelf is still missing from the cupboard today! After that I never painted again, until I turned 59 years old. I’m not sure why, but I suddenly got the urge to paint again. Maybe the urge came to fill the gap that I left when I stopped painting, or to leave something behind after I’m gone.