Soteris Sam Roussi

Born in 1945, Soteris enjoyed a diverse, indulged childhood. His Greek immigrant father, a chocolatier, owned a cafe, “The Unique Chocolate Shoppe,” located just four blocks from Niagara Falls. Soteris and his family lived at the Falls until his father’s death. He was 10 years old at the time.

Mid-career, Soteris was impressed by hobo signs, markings on fences, posts, sidewalks, buildings, trestles, and bridge abutments, that aided itinerant workers to find help, or steer clear of trouble during the Great Depression. This sparked a series, “Hobo Icons,” which moved Soteris’ imagery firmly into the style of abstraction that carries through to his present work.  He continues to develop a unique vocabulary of marks, playing with rich form and symbolic references that, as competitors on the painting’s surface, participate in contentious visual debates.

Soteris has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast, receiving numerous awards including a Fellowship for Drawing from the Massachusetts Endowment for the Arts and Humanities (1977), an invitational exhibit at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, Seven Artists in Georgia (1979) and The Face of the South for Southern Artists, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy (1984). Most recently, he was featured in a solo exhibit, Entanglements, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA (2017). His work is in the permanent collections of the Decordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), Pepsi-Cola Corp.(Atlanta, GA), Coca-Cola Corp. (Atlanta, GA) to name a few.

Having recently embraced new technologies, Soteris has competed and received multiple online awards including Circle Art Foundation, Artist of the Year Competition, Honorable Mention: High Aesthetic, Technical and Creative Standard (2018), Gallery G25N, Juried International Online Painting Competition (2017), Sedona Art Prize, Juried International Online Painting Competition “Abstract,” (2017). Soteris has also been featured in print: Winter issue, Circle Quarterly Art Review (2018), ArtAscent:Art & Literature Journal, Silver Artist, (2017).

Soteris earned a BFA in painting from SUNY Buffalo (1967) and MFA in painting from Ohio University (1969). 

© Soteris Sam Roussi, 2017