Minás Konsolas develops his canvases by adding and eliminating multiple layers of paint. He creates his textured images by scraping and smearing. This process allows him to paint and draw at the same time. Minás was born in Greece and has lived in Baltimore since 1976, where he graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is former owner of Minás Gallery, an outlet for poetry, both visual and verbal. The gallery, one of Baltimore’s alternative art spaces, was located above his vintage clothing boutique in Hampden. It was a gathering spot for local artists, writers and performers for twenty-two years. Minás has participated in two public mural projects for Baltimore City, in Greektown and at the Farmers’ Market. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Maryland Poetry Review and Passager. His original artwork and reproductions are widely collected, locally, nationally and abroad.