The Return of the Icon – 7th Ecumenical Council of Nicaea

International artist Joni Zavitsanos taught a class at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston in March on icons and the 7th Ecumenical Council of Nicaea. She explained this council addressed the question because the Empress Irene felt strongly that icons should be reinstated after the objects were systematically removed and destroyed around the year 723. […]

The Music Behind the Art

I created this playlist based on the inspiration of music from many different generations of time. The songs are from Ancient Greece, the Byzantine and Gregorian periods, folk songs, Gospel, music from the 20th century, and modern composers of today. For me, they inspire a searching for God in the world in which we live. […]

Joni Zavitsanos Art Exhibition at Fordham University Opening Sept. 12

Fordham University in New York City will feature international artist Joni Zavitsanos’ work in a fall exhibit opening September 12 titled “Distant Relatives: Ancient Imagery of the Classical Pagan Past and the Modern Byzantine Icons of Joni Zavitsanos.” The work will be featured at the Fordham Museum of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art at the […]

Artist Joni Zavitsanos Lectures on Byzantine Iconography

Iconography Discussion

Houston-based international artist Joni Zavitsanos spoke to a group from St. Paul Orthodox Church in February about Byzantine Iconography’s roots, evolution and significance beyond the imagery. At Yvette Michelle’s photo studio (ymportraits.com) north of Houston she explained that she inherited her obsession for the art form from her father, renowned Byzantine iconographer Diamantis Cassis. He […]