Rebetiko is a word that denotes in effect a genuine social and musical tendency of a subculture, towards the end of the 19th century in Greece. Illegal in many aspects but very popular, it left its musical imprint via the phonograph and 45 rpm records. In a way it is related to the blues, to flamenco, tango and jazz.

Rebetico was urban music which blossomed in urban centers and influenced city people. Not immune to its influence, the painter Sotos went so far as to learn music, to play the bouzouki and sing in small music bands. Thus he experienced in his own skin his paintings, which between 2000 and 2004, with the title Rebetiko, were exhibited in museums and art galleries in Thessaloniki.

Check out this video with Thanassis Valavanis and friends, at Sotos's gallery, here.

1. The Composer, 2002
1. The Composer, 2002

Acrylic on Hardboard, 110x92 cm

1. The Composer, 2002
2. Bouzouki player, 2001
2. Bouzouki player, 2001

Mixed Technique on paper, 19x14 cm

2. Bouzouki player, 2001
3. Still nature with baglamas, 2001
3. Still nature with baglamas, 2001

Oil on Hardboard, 114x86 cm

3. Still nature with baglamas, 2001
4. Rebetiko music band, 2004
4. Rebetiko music band, 2004

Oil on Hardboard, 92x110 cm

4. Rebetiko music band, 2004
5. Rebetis, 2002
5. Rebetis, 2002

Oil on Hardboard, 110x92 cm

5. Rebetis, 2002
6. Still nature with bouzoukis, 2001 , 2001
6. Still nature with bouzoukis, 2001 , 2001

Oil on Hardboard, 75x105 cm

6. Still nature with bouzoukis, 2001 , 2001
7. Rebetiko music band, 2001
7. Rebetiko music band, 2001

Oil on Hardboard, 75x105 cm

7. Rebetiko music band, 2001
8. Rebetiko music band, 2000
8. Rebetiko music band, 2000

Oil on Hardboard, 75x105 cm

8. Rebetiko music band, 2000
9. Rebetiko music band, 2001
9. Rebetiko music band, 2001

Oil on Hardboard, 75x105 cm

9. Rebetiko music band, 2001
 
 

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Sotos Zachariadis was born in Thessaloniki in 1960. He apprenticed in the studios of local painters. He held his first solo exhibition in Thessaloniki in 1984 and in Athens in 1985. Since then his work has been exhibited in Greece, Europe and the United States.