Consisting of 15 large islands and 150 smaller ones, the Dodecanese is the
perfect getaway for artists needing a boost of inspiration.
On the largest Dodecanese island of Rhodes, the Municipal Gallery contains
one of most significant collections of the Modern Greek paintings in the world,
including works by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Konstantinos Maleas and
George Bouzianis amongst others.
If Rhodes seems too big and busy, the nearby island of Symi is only an hour on
the ferry yet feels like a different world. A favourite relocation point for
international expats, the island is home to a number of artists and their
galleries, and has the perfect landscape for daily inspiration.
Over the last few years, artists have increasingly been drawn to the volcanic
island of Nisyros and its landscape filled with steaming crevices and speckled
with bright yellow sulphur. Home to the biggest active volcano in Europe, but
unheard of to most, Nisyros has an otherworldly atmosphere and is light-years
away from the picture-perfect landscapes of the Cyclades. It is this drama and
darkness, whispers of an ancient world, that attract artists to the island. Those in
the know head to Sterna, founded in 2014 by Greek artist Greg Haji Joannides
and a space for artists to converge through its residency programs, workshops,
meetings and exhibitions.
Samos, a small island facing Turkey, is home to Art Space Pythagorion, a
modern gallery featuring a theatre, studio spaces and a gallery. The institution
serves as a magnet for those with a passion for contemporary art and is housed
in an equally impressive building perched on the harbour of Pythagorion. The
10th Samos Young Artists Festival will be held here in 2019, hosting
internationally renowned musicians from around the world who will perform
seven open-air concerts in the town’s ancient theatre.
Discover the best luxury villas in the Dodecanese, perfect for creative minds and
– Architectural Digest, Rhodes | a contemporary architectural masterpiece
based on minimalist design and clean lines.
– Rhodian Heritage, Rhodes | the perfect historic getaway, tucked in the
picturesque lanes of Lindos.
– Arcadia, Symi | A true artist’s retreat, this rural mansion is nestled in the
mountains of Smyi and surrounded only by nature.