Chris Tsonias was born in the north-eastern Greek city of Komotini in 1968. It’s a city with an eclectic mix of European and Western influences, but at the same time a place which has absorbed the influences of nearby Asia.
For the last 9 years Chris has worked as a sculptor, designer, and maker, experimenting with found and discarded materials like paper, card, and fabric. He developed a construction process – imagining, designing and building objects of unparalleled skill and beautiful form. Through extensive research he has created an innovative method for recycling a variety of materials into forms such as musical instruments, sculpture, and functional audio speakers. These forms have acted as a canvas for Chris’s own imagination. Traditional musical instrument shapes exist in their own right, but are often re-imagined and enhanced with a vivid array of original design elements. Sculptural forms bring to life artistic imagery but also act as a canvas for other artists to explore their practice.
Recognising the often devastating impact on the environment of current processes used to produce musical instruments and audio speakers, he has created the Piano Bike Bar, an organic product. Chris has engineered an innovative process, which turns wasted and found materials into one-off unique objects. This process, with its very low impact on the environment, demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and the world we live in.
Chris’s work has been seen throughout Greece and exhibited in London. Music performed on his instruments has been played at European Union events, at conferences, and at cultural festivals in Greece and beyond. Chris has also formed partnerships with commercial businesses and international brands.