Sotiris Moldovanos (b.1977) was born in Johannesburg and obtained a B.Tech degree in Fine Arts from the Pretoria Technikon (now known as the Tshwane University of Pretoria) in 1999. Moldovanos focuses on painting, with a preference for portraiture and figurative work as subject matter. These figures, while anatomically accurate, are simplified and flattened to become outlines and silhouettes. He would often hide the figures, providing clues of its existence through the use of vibrant patterns reminiscent of op art and hard-edge abstraction. In his recent work, Moldovanos incorporates bold flat colours with geometric patterns to create a sense of optical illusion. He plays with positive and negative spaces and blurs the lines between subject and background. The result is a surreal illusion where the viewer experiences uncertainty. This is extended with the use of realistically painted elements that are juxtaposed with the abstract patterns, offering clues to possible varied meanings.