George Sfougaras is based in the UK and works and exhibits internationally, in collaboration with a network of partners. His work is concerned with the way people’s lives are affected by history and how national symbols, myths and rhetoric shape identity. Sfougaras was born in Greece to parents who were refugees from Asia Minor and who subsequently came to the UK during the 1970s military Junta period. The cultural changes and challenges that he experienced as an adolescent growing up in Britain later informed his educational work in the classroom and in various leadership roles within the British educational system. These narratives form the cornerstone of his work.
Sfougaras is one of six ‘inspiring, internationally renowned artists’ selected by Creative Leicestershire 2019-20. He has gained recognition with his reconstructed maps and narrative portraits and published suites of prints focusing on migration and books reclaiming aspects of Jewish, Arab and Greek history. Exhibition prizes include Small Print International (2015) and Ideas on Paper (2016). He was a finalist in Freedom.org’s Depicting Human Rights competition 2017 and was invited to speak on Identity at the Asia Triennial in Manchester in 2018. In 2017-18 he exhibited at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery and Leicester New Walk Museum (wherehis work is in the permanent collection), Alexandria Library Manchester, Valletta Malta, and Chania Greece. He was artist in residence in Crete in March 2019 and in Germany in July-August 2019. He has held a variety of roles in Education, from teaching Art to most recently the headship of a Special school. He was the UK partner in the LEHO (Hospital School Education) EU project and served as a Director of the WELL Educational Trust 2012-15.