We had the good fortune of connecting with Michail Papakalodoukas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michail, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Every day life and the people around me. As an Greek immigrant in the U.S., moving to New York was a cultural shock, meaning that in the most positive way possible. I loved seeing all the different cultures around me and the diversity. Even taking the train and observing New Yorkers from all over the world was a part of my artistic process and inspiration.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a chef specializing in Greek/Mediterranean cousine working in Manhattan, New York. But, I’ve been a painter (mostly expressionist) since a young age, a lot of my work has been recognized in Greece and is in a few different museums and galleries there. I’m from an island in Greece named Rhodes. Creating, painting, sculpting even, has always been my biggest love and interest.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this to my wife, Danai, who has supported me through it all. We moved here together and have been through a lot together. And to my daughters Elisavet and Faidra.