EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
Angels and Icons: Greek Orthodox Iconography by Efthimios Stoja
When: April 16 through October 15, 2021.
Where: New York Folklore Shop & Gallery, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady NY
An exhibit of original Greek Orthodox religious icons and original landscapes by artist Efthimios Stoja will be at New York Folklore, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, from April 16, 2021 through mid-October, 2021.
Efthimios (Altin) Stoja is an iconographer, visual artist, and father.
Ancient frescos decorating the church walls in his father’s village in Albania first inspired his love of art. Altin trained under master artist Tsuni Spilio in Nea Makri, Greece before opening his own studio. He later moved to the U.S. to begin working with the St. Sophia Orthodox Church in Albany, covering their church in both large- and small-scale works.
Today, Altin continues to work fulltime as an iconographer. His iconography (in the Macedonian tradition – which shows movement and facial expressions) can be found in Albany-area Orthodox Churches, such as St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Cohoes.
Additionally, his non-religious pieces can be seen within public venues, such as in the recent (December, 2020) Albany Center Gallery. In his paintings, Altin often draws inspiration from the natural landscapes of the Capital Region including the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers near his hometown in Albany County.