Dr. George Kordis

Master Iconographer
Dr. George Kordis

Born in Greece in 1956, George Kordis studied theology at the University of Athens. He then pursued his studies in theology and the aesthetics of Byzantine painting at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, gaining an MA in theology. In 1991 he was awarded his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Athens, where he was appointed to the post of Lecturer and served as assistant professor in Iconography (Theory and Practice).


In addition to his academic work, Dr. Kordis periodically lectures as visiting professor and teaches icon painting courses in the US (Yale University & University of South Carolina), Romania (School of Theology of Bucharest), and Ukraine (Pedagogical University of Odessa), among others.


Dr. Kordis is also a prolific author. His book, Icon as Communion: The Ideals and Compositional Principles of Icon Painting, has been translated into English by Holy Cross Orthodox Press. It is worth noting as very useful, and one of the only practical guides available today for learning iconographic drawing.


In addition to portable icons Dr. Kordis has painted many churches. His most recent commissions in the US include: Holy Trinity Church, Columbia, SC; St Sophia, Valley Forge, PA; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Carmel, IN; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburg, PA; St. George, Antiochian Orthodox Church, Fishers, IN; St. Catherine, Greek Orthodox Church, Braintree, MA.


Currently, Dr. Kordis is working on creating the International Centre of Iconography in Athens due to open Fall 2018, which will feature both icon exhibitions as well as rigorous education in contemporary iconography.

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