Rinos Stefani


Rinos Stefani

Was born in 1958, is a Cypriot visual artist who lives in Tala, Paphos. He studied Art at Kingsway Princeton College and Byam Shaw School of Art, London (1978–1984). He lived in Berlin and Barcelona (1985 – 1989).

His work has been shown in numerous museums and international exhibitions including Beijing Biennale China, Mediterranean Art Biennale Tunis and the Gallerie Inge Baecker, Bad Munstereifel, Germany. He uses a variety of media, including installations, painting and drawing. In 1991 with the performance Praxis with Earth in Nicosia, he introduced in Cyprus a hybrid form of action that includes installation, happening and performance under the name Praxeis.

His best known Praxis is the installation Human Targets created in 1994. In May 1994, during the exhibition of the Pan-Hellenic Art Symposium at Famagusta Gate in Nicosia, three of the Targets were stolen. This unprecedented incident fed the media with “polemic” material and it elicited varied reactions from the Police, the Nicosia Municipality, the Chamber of Fine Arts and the Ministry of Education and Culture. Among the most tragicomic aspects of this case were the various testimonies that Stefani had to give to the Police. Since then, the “Targets case” remains partly unsolved in the files of the Criminal Investigation Department, under record number Σ/744/94.